A Midland City family is homeless after a fire destroyed their home.
Lavonya Alderman told News 4 she was doing yard work and went inside her home to get a cold drink. That’s when she discovered smoke and ran to a neighbor’s house and told them to call 911.
By the time fire fighters arrived at 434 Kelly Avenue, smoke was visible from the house.
When they tried to enter the home, the fire was already fully involved.
Lavonya's husband Craig said he saw the smoke as he drove up Highway 231 and knew it was going to be bad.
He spent 24 years in the military and collected antiques from his travels around the world.
Even though they had insurance, there are memories that cannot be replaced.
However, they are thankful that they and their seven German shepherds are alive.
Fire officials from four agencies battled the flames.
Firemen say conditions made it difficult to fight the fire.
Matt Lawhorn, with the Midland City Fire Department said, “It's pretty hard, it was hot; we had some water pressure issues with the hydrants up here. When Napier Field and Dothan got here things quieted down a bit and we got it under control.”
Craig Alderman says even though Wednesday’s tragic events have left him shaken, he's ready to rebuild.
His co-workers at the Southeast Eye Clinic say they're taking donations for the family.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.