Neighbors Lend a Hand to Couple that Loses Home to Fire

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A couple from Little Hocking is without a home after a fire ripped through their house, taking the entire structure down.

Firefighters with the Little Hocking Fire Department said it happened Monday around 9:30 a.m.

They say they believe it started in the garage, and it didn't take long for it to sweep through the rest of the house.

"You could see the smoke coming up and we thought it was our house after we got closer, and as we got up the road it was obvious it was their house," Chuck Ray, a neighbor, said.

Chuck Ray couldn't believe his eyes when he returned home from dropping his kids off at school, to find his next-door-neighbors' house in flames, and after a second of shock, it didn't take long for his neighborly instincts to kick in.

"I was trying to get Donnie, which is the homeowner, tried to get him away from it, tried to get him settled down a little bit because he was pretty frantic," Ray said.

Frantic because of a fire he couldn't control on his own.

"The owner was home. He was inside the house, smelled smoke and when he got to the garage area his truck was pretty much engulfed in flames," Mike Chevalier, Little Hocking Fire Chief, said.

Now neighbors say it's their responsibility to step in and lend a hand.

"We're taking a neighborhood fund up to collect money and clothing and whatever we can to help them out," Ray said.

A couple that lost their house and all their possessions is now relying on the kindness of others to get them through the holidays.

Firefighters say Donald Potts, the owner of the house was home alone when the fire started, and neighbors say his wife Cathy arrived shortly after.

Four different fire departments were on the scene today; including Coolville, Dunham, Barlow and Little Hocking.

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  • by Becky Location: Parkersburg on Dec 24, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    My dear friend Kathy...I am so sorry for your loss. I know how you feel and what your going through. I too have lived through a fire. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband through this difficult time. If you need anything at all..look me up at your place of employment...this is "Little Becky" and prayers!
  • by Chuck & Annie Ray Location: Twin Bridge Rd, Little Hocking, OH on Dec 16, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    I live right beside The Potts. Donations can be dropped off here and I will give them all donations when they come each day! TWIN BRIDGE ROAD, LITTLE HOCKING, OHIO
  • by Rileys Location: Marietta on Dec 16, 2008 at 03:31 AM
    Where can we bring donated items for the couple?
  • by Barb Location: Little Hocking on Dec 15, 2008 at 08:40 PM
    I too can help with clothing etc...please post all ages/sizes needed & where we may deliver to. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
  • by Chuck & Annie Ray Location: Little Hocking, OH on Dec 15, 2008 at 07:25 PM
    No Kids! Older couple! Mens jeans size 33x30, mens medium shirts. Womens size unknown at the moment but probable a size 2x shirt.
  • by Sheryl Jo Location: Davisville, WV on Dec 15, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    Just know Kathy and Donnie that we ( Heart of Worship) Is keeping you in our prayers. Let us know how we can help you.
  • by Nelia Location: Parkersburg on Dec 15, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    What size clothes and how many kids??
  • by paul Location: belpre on Dec 15, 2008 at 03:25 PM
    This is just as devistating to that family as any family hit by Katrina or any family affected by Wall Street.Why can't our government help people like this
  • by Chuck & Annie Ray Location: Twin Bridge Rd, Little Hocking on Dec 15, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    Once again, we wanted to thank everyone in helping us and helping Donnie and Kathey Potts today. We greatly appreciate it and I know that the Potts do also. Thank You!
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