BATH COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) One family pet still stands guard over the house. Even though there’s nothing left to guard.
“We got our lives and our animals out,"Kaye Graham said about the fire that destroyed her home. "That was it.”
“The house belonged to my grandmother. There was so much stuff in there that belonged to her and my mother," Christopher Thrift said as he sat with Graham and their children. "I mean, stuff can be replaced, but I mean, it’s memories.”
Now they are in the Millboro Fire Department’s burn out apartment, trying to put together something out of nothing.
One girl’s stuffed animal, Fraggles the frog, survived. But as for everything else ...
“There is not a room that has not been demolished," Graham explained. "Kimberly and Trey, our two youngest children, they lost everything. They didn’t get a single sock, Barbie, car, out of the house.”
Community support has let them continue, and continue to hope, as help has flooded in.
Thrift said, “This place, it’s a small town. Everybody knows everybody. It’s more like a big huge family.”
But the old farmhouse was uninsurable, and they’re trying to put together the funds to rebuild even as they try to put their lives back together again.
“Now it’s come to a point where we have to rebuild and start over," Thrift explained. "And hopefully we’ll be able to make it.”