Family's home destroyed by fire

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 05:43 AM

A family of five escaped their burning house at 10:30 p.m.Thursday and are receiving emergency shelter through the American Red Cross.

Angela Blanton and her four children, including two high school students, were watching television at home Thursday when a neighbor started pounding on the door alerted the Blanton the house was on fire.

"She saw the fire," Fire Chief Billy Conner said, of the neighbor. 

Conner said the family was unaware there was a fire until then.

"Everyone got out safely," he said.

Conner and other Spindale firefighters returned to the scene Friday morning to continue investigation regarding the cause of the fire that destroyed the brick veneer home off Shehandoah Drive in Spindale.

Conner said the first speculation was it could have been an electrical fire but investigation continues.

In addition to the estimated $60,000 home loss, a 1999 Nissan Altima parked in the carport was totally destroyed. The car belonged to a family member, Eddie Littlejohn, who was at the scene Friday morning. 

Conner said the home is owned by Lennes Patterson and Stevie Patterson of Cleveland County and Spindale and the value of the home is about $78,000. There was no insurance on the house or contents.

Red Cross was was called and is assisting the family with shelter at the Baymont Inn in Forest City; food, clothing and any other emergency needs.

Assisting Spindale Thursday night was Rutherfordton and Hudlow fire departments.

Conner said they were at the scene at least four hours.