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Family of 8 left homeless by fire in Powhatan


Six children and two adults are homeless after a fire ripped through their house.

The fire burned for quite a while Monday morning in the 4900 block of Old Buckingham Road before fire crews arrived.

The home is about 1,000 feet off the main road. It took a while for neighbors to notice the blaze. When responders arrived, the house was already a complete loss.

"There was significant damage. The fire was through the roof," said Powhatan Fire Chief Phil Warner.

It's a dramatic, tearful sight for Catherine Oakley.

"[I'm] shocked, surprised, trying to figure out how to put it all back together," said Oakley.

The home belonging to her sister, brother-in-law and their six children, ages three to 14 was reduced to rubble.

"They worked really hard to get this place and to get it like this and to wake up one morning and its all gone is extremely hurtful," she said.

The family left the home a short time before the fire started.

"I think it's going to be accidental," said Chief Warner. "It doesn't look like anything intentional. There's nothing on the outside to give us that indication."

The owners, who've lived here for three years, got a call from neighbors alerting them of the blaze.

"It was home. It's what made them happy," said Oakley. "It's devastating to me. She's my baby sister and to know how bad she's hurting is devastating to me."

Oakley said her three-year-old niece is having a hard time understanding why she can't get her toys and other items.

"She was worried about her bed/pillow and how she was going to get it back," said Oakley.

The displaced family will stay with loved ones. They are grateful that no one was hurt.

"Everything can be replaced. Everybody is fine. She'll get through this. It's just another hump," said Oakley.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross is helping the family.

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