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Couple reacts to losing home in fire


A retired couple in Weston lost everything in a house fire late Friday night.

Deputy Chief of the Rib Mountain and Weston Fire Department Steve Meilahn says the fire happened at a home near the intersection of County Road J and Callon Avenue in Weston.

Homeowners Betty and Irv Fletcher woke up to the sound of smoke alarms and people banging on their front door telling them to get out.

"We saw flames in the kitchen," said Irv Fletcher. "We were in the front bedroom there and we took off."

Two women nearby helped the Fletchers escape the blaze.

"They smelled smoke and they saw the flames and another lady came and they helped us through the doors," said Betty Fletcher.

The Fletchers say they escaped with only the clothes on their backs.

There was no time to save their beloved cat or anything else.

"All the pictures of my children that passed away are in that house and even my daughter's ashes are gone," said Betty Fletcher. "Everything's gone."

Fire officials say the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. But they say the fire started in the back of the house before quickly spreading.

"Upon arrival we had 50 to 60 percent of the house in flame," said Meilahn. "There was enough collapse within the home that it was never safe to send fire personnel into the building."

Now homeless, the Fletchers say they aren't sure of their next step.

"We're so confused and in shock and don't know what to do next," said Betty Fletcher. "Our whole life is gone."

But they say they want to be there for others in their time of need, just like the two women who helped them.

"I just hope if anyone else has this crisis that we're going through, call me and I'll be there to help," said Irv Fletcher.

"Because we know how it feels to be homeless," said Betty Fletcher.

The Fletchers are staying at a hotel in Weston for now.

Newsline 9 reached out to one of the women who helped the couple.

She didn't want to speak on camera, but she tells us she just knew she had to help and she's glad the Fletchers got out safely.

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