Fire guts home, displaces family

Stephen King, 22, comforts his relative, Emma Lee Holley, 58, outside their Gainesville home Thursday after Holley returned home from a doctor's appointment after learning that the house had caught fire.

Photos by BRIANA BROUGH/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 11:08 p.m.
Gainesville Fire Rescue firefighters work to put out a blaze in a southeast Gainesville home Thursday.
Fire destroyed a southeast Gainesville home, leaving six people homeless Thursday evening.
Resident Stephen King, 22, said he saw sparks coming from an electrical heater in his grandparents' room at the single-story, wooden home at 412 SE 17th Terrace. Firefighters were called to the blaze at about 4 p.m.
When firefighters arrived, flames were rolling from the building's attic, Gainesville Fire Rescue reported. It took about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
No one was injured. Only King and his grandfather, Walter Holley Sr., 97, the home's owner, were at the house at the time.
The American Red Cross will be assisting the family, providing temporary housing and a stipend for food and clothing, fire rescue spokeswoman Krista Ott said.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation late Thursday. The house did not have a smoke detector, according to firefighters.
Anyone who wants to assist the family can contact Red Cross.
- Lise Fisher

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