“Your house is on fire,” his neighbor told him.
A fire completely destroyed Carter’s home at 165 Kikers Camp Place, Wattsville.
The home was fully involved when members of the Wattsville Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene. Riverside Fire Department assisted with the fire shortly after 4 p.m.
Carter said two small dogs inside the home died in the fire.
All Carter’s belongings were burned, including old family pictures.
Carter said he and his wife were fortunate that they were not at the house when the fire started.
“You can replace most everything else,” he said.
Family members said it took firefighters 3-4 hours to put out the fire, and firefighters were recalled to the site after the fire rekindled.
They said the couple could have been trapped inside if they were there when the fire started.
Carter said it appeared the fire started near a doorway.
The fire completely gutted the house.
The quick thinking of a neighbor saved one of the vehicles owned by the couple.
Family members said the neighbor pulled a vehicle away from carport, adjacent to the burning home, with his tractor.
Carter said he did have insurance.
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