MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a young Lawrence County family, they tell us they’ve been used to not having very much. But now, they’re having to get used to having nothing at all. Fire destroyed their mobile home a few days ago, along with everything they owned. Tonight, their two children are wearing borrowed clothing, and sleeping in a strange bed. whnt news 19’s al whitaker has their story.
“Is this really happening? I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that everything’s gonna be gone,” Beth Ann Ray told us Monday afternoon. But it is gone, everything that Beth Ann, her two children and her husband, everything they owned was in this mobile home. And it’s gone. She’d left the mobile home Sunday afternoon to go see about her husband. He’d been in an automobile accident. When they got back, their home was going up in flames.
“It was just burning. We called 911, that’s all we could think to do. My sister, she was running, she ran over there to the water hose. If it wasn’t for her, our propane tank would have exploded. You know, it would have killed us then.”
They saved the propane tank, but little else. Beth and her young family are living with her mother for now. She’s working and hopes to be able to stay in school, where she’s studying to become a childrens clinical psychologist. She wants to create a better life for herself and her children. Now she fears she’ll have to quit school and work a second job in order to help provide for her family.
“Really, I’m just trying to help my kids, my children. I don’t really care about anything for me, just my kids.” Together, they face an uncertain future.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
— Al Whitaker