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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  • by Alice Hodges Location: Columbia on Sep 29, 2007 at 07:23 PM
    I am sorry two be saying this ; but Nancy Owens the woman in the Newvillie fire jsut passed away tonight in the SEAMC. Mat our prayers be with her family. God bless them. Saturday the 29th
  • by Alice Hodges Location: Columbia on Sep 29, 2007 at 05:57 PM
    First I want to Thank everyone in Headland that gave today at the Headland Piggy Wiggy for the family that lost everything in the fire. You all were great because for you all we had a great start $227.00 just today Thank you all so much but they still need alot more.I will be back at Piggy Wiggy in Headland this coming Saturday also that will be the 5th Of Oct. at 8 o'clock that morning unitl 5 o'clock that afternoon. If you have thing that you can't bring you can e-mail me at Let's keep giving we started off great. Keep it up I know we can do this. Helping this family is so loving. There were no kids,but they still need cloths and household thing's. The money is going to put them in a new home so please keep giving.And again Thank you to all that gave you not only gave money you gave hope and love. And I can not say Thank you all enough. God bless you all.May god put his hand on everything you all do. Thank's Alice Hodges
  • by Alice Hodges Location: Columbia on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    I am really hurt by this comment box ,only family and friend's is all that has said anything.I really thought that people would really say great job to the hero's of this story . People mite come in and look but not say anything. But if that is what the Lord put's on there heart's that's ok . But I just want people to know that I will be at the IGA in Headland at 8 o'clock saturday morning to help this family please come give any thing you can. Just think this could have been you. With nothing, wouldn't you like help from your community.I have as you have seen this community help alot. We really are not just a commnuity we are a great big family are we not. So please come give to your brother and sister's now when they are in need. Thank you Alice Hodges
  • by lydia Location: cadiz,ky on Sep 24, 2007 at 08:42 PM
    great job guys!!! im proud to know you robbie-lydia
  • by Alice Hodges Location: columbia on Sep 24, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    I thank that is great for this day and age . Most people would not have done something like that scared that they would hurt themself's I thank they should really know that they are of few. May god bless them in all way's. Our community should do something just to said thank's. and setup something for the family that lost there home.I would be glad to steup a place in headland so people can give to the family's donation on saturday 29th if people will give. Cloths, furniture, money, and lot's of love. If this is fine e-mail me @ I know this family I will do anything to help them thank you .
  • by betty Location: cadiz,ky on Sep 24, 2007 at 06:01 PM
    i thank god for both those guys they did save her but i thank god for one big time my son that he would go into a burning home and carrie nacy out is the tops and in my eye he is a hero. and i love him very much as i am sure nacy does to thank you
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