WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (WCMH) — A family of 10 is homeless after a fire forced them out of their Washington Court House home Friday.
According to fire officials, the fire began in the living room of the home on the 600 block East Temple Street.
“I can’t even think,” said Carla Harris, the home’s owner. “Everything is gone. I’ve got eight kids to take care of, that I’ve got custody of, and I’ve got nowhere to take them. That’s what’s going through my mind.”
Fighting tears, Carla said she is happy everyone who was in the home got out safely.
The homeowners said they do not have homeowners insurance.
“I just saw my whole house go up in smoke,” Carla said. “Fire everywhere. There was black smoke everywhere. You can’t even see the house.”
The flames from the fire caused some damage to the home next door. The owner of that home said he was in the process of renovating.
At the time of the fire, her eight children, ages 2 through 17, were all together.
“They was eating and doing their homework and the babies was watching SpongeBob, and I heard a big pop,” Carla said. “And after we heard a big pop, all we saw was smoke and I got the kids out.”
As they all sat and watched their home burn down, Carla’s husband John pulled up.
“When I got here, they all came to me and I’m just glad you guys alright,” he said. “Don’t worry about the house.”
The Harris’ can’t help but think about the loss. Five years of memories, up in flames.
“We’ll make it,” John said. “Just need help now. I work every day. I try to get ahead. It’s hard.”
Harris said she and her family will stay in a hotel for the next two days while trying to figure out what comes next.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.