House Fire Leaves Henry County Family Homeless

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

A woman is in the hospital with serious burns and a Wiregrass family is homeless after a fire tore through their Henry County home.

Forty-nine-year-old Nancy Owens was fighting cancer and living on oxygen treatment.

Now however, she is trying to also recover from second and third degree burns.

According to Owen's daughter, Staci Hansard, a fire that began at the bed where Owens was laying, destroyed the living room of her Newville home.

"When we got here, the oxygen machine was on fire. The couch had just started catching on fire and it spread all up through here," says Hansard, showing the damage.

Officials have not released the cause of the fire that the family says started with the oxygen machine.

Now, two men are being called heroes after trying to put out the fire and getting Nancy to safety.

"I think it was a blessing that they would have the courage to save someone. The neighbor doesn't even know us. I think it's just awesome. I commend them greatly. As much oxygen was in there, and as tightly aired as it was, it could have blown the whole house up. Luckily, it was just the living room and the kitchen," says Hansard.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There were three people living in the home.

Right now, Staci Hansard says everyone is staying at the hospital until Nancy Owens is in a more stable condition and they can find another place to live.

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