EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTrailer In Fort Gay Area Destroyed By Fire
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 12, 2013 2:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 13, 2013 9:30 AM EDT
Fort Gay , Wayne County , West Virginia
Four members of a Wayne County family were able to escape their burning trailer, but flames thwarted the father’s attempt to return and save a puppy that died in the blaze.
The blaze occurred about 7 a.m. Monday on Route 37 in the Fort Gay area. The trailer was destroyed.
Sammy Mosley said he, his wife Erica and his two daughters, Destiny and Emily, were asleep in the residence when he felt the heat and immediately woke up his family members and was able to get them out of the burning structure. He said he tried to return to get the puppy, a Chihuahua named Princess, but the heat was too intense to make his way back into the trailer. Sammy Mosley said, "I tried going back in, but it was too hot, just too hot."
A heartbreaking reality for 8 year old Emily. "The puppy slept with me all the time. I love my puppy."
Mosley's wife Erica Young said, "If he wouldn't have been there today me and the kids would've died. I'm so glad he was there, because I wouldn't have gotten up in time."
The cause of the blaze has not been determined. Mosley said he had a fan with a short in it that had been taped, but it is unclear whether that was the cause of the blaze.
Mosley was recently laid off from work and hopes to find employment in the near future. The family did not have insurance and are obviously hurting financially.
Fortunately, there were no injuries in the fire. The Fort Gay Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
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