RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Based on the exterior of the home, you can't tell an electrical fire destroyed part of a home on N. 32nd street in South Richmond, but Barbara Boyd's bedroom is ruined. She doesn't have any heat in her house, so she wasn't home when the fire sparked. Friday morning she's calling the experience a blessing in disguise.
You can barely spot Barbara Boyd's bed because pieces of her charred home now cover her room.
"When I walked up the steps, I almost fainted to tell you the truth," explained Barbara Boyd as she climbed the stairs leading up to her second-floor bedroom.
Barbara's 30-year-old home was having electrical problems. Thursday night she went to stay with friends, but around 2:30 in the morning she decided to come home.
"I could hear the fire alarm going off before I opened the door," said Boyd. "It was just a billow of smoke--right in the face."
Walking blind, she felt her way to the phone where she called 911. She's now waiting to see if the American Red Cross can help her. Since July 1st the Red Cross has responded to 175 house fires and a total of 645 victims. The Red Cross will need more donations to make it through the winter.
Today Barbara is thankful she wasn't home with the ceiling came crashing down.
"It's still a blessing, a blessing in disguise."
Investigators tell Barbara the fire started in her wall because of bad electrical wiring. She put a call into her homeowner's insurance and is hoping to have some help soon.