Several Lives Changed After Fire

What the heat and dry conditions didn't hurt, yesterday's fire on Morgantown Road did.

"It was chaos," said Nelda Kitchens, who had land and hay bales burned.

Now all that's left are blackened fields and charred effects on lives of those nearby.

"There's nothing coming back. The hay is gone. The fence is gone. The post is gone. I haven't calmed down at all yet, I don't think. I washed dishes, but I about never got up to do it. It's just crazy," said Kitchens.

The fire started around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, just across from Wal-Mart on Morgantown Road.

The blaze began as small flames in a field, but within minutes, shot into a full-fledged fire engulfing and destroying a vacant house.

"I never dreamed it would happen at my back door," said Kitchens.

One resident was worried it was going to get to his shed and eventually his home.

"Our first thoughts were to get everything out of the house, as many memories, and pictures as we could. As you can see back there, that's about how close it got to the house," said Dane Dickerson, who lives near where the fire occurred.

He and his family are simply, thankful.

"We said our prayers last night. We were thankful that we still have a roof over our head and no one got injured," said Dickerson.

However, for others, the effects and where they go from here will linger a lot longer.

"That's a good question. I'm not sure what will take place. I just take it day by day," said Kitchens.

Dickerson said the fire actually started up again around 2:15 this morning, and he called the fire department to put out the flames. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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