Large family displaced by fire
A large family now will have to find another place to live after a fire Wednesday heavily damaged the house they were sharing.
Jean Mains said her three sons, seven grandchildren and two daughters-in-law had only recently moved from Kansas to stay with her and her husband, Bill.
"They came down here to get jobs and places to live," she said, standing across the road with her family as smoke poured from the building.
She and her husband had only moved into the house in September. The house is owned by her brother, Walter Jones of West Virginia.
Firefighters answered a report of the fire about 12:20 p.m. at 2910 Pioneer Trail on the outskirts of Hudson. Jean Mains nervously stood outside as she tried to come to grips with what had just happened. Surrounded by family and neighbors, she said she awoke to see smoke coming from a living room closet. She said she and one of her sons went to get a fire extinguisher and a hose but could not put out the fire. One son, Jonathan Hall, took three dogs from kennels in the back yard to a safe distance as the blaze grew inside the house.
Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire Wednesday afternoon.
The fire caused extensive damage to three rooms in the house, and water and smoke damage throughout, Sawmills Fire Chief Brian Church said.
Responding to the fire were the North Catawba, Sawmills, Granite Falls and Hudson fire departments, as well as Caldwell County EMS. Animal Control was also called out to the scene but were quickly dispatched after determining the pets were safe.