Callaway Fire Destroys Home


A local family lost their home to a destructive fire Sunday night.

Callaway officials say they responded to the call within five minutes, but couldn’t save the house from the flames.

The fire was not as powerful as the support in the community. 

You can still smell the smoke, and you can feel the heartbreak. 

“It’s very devastating, very devastating,” Elizabeth Keebler, a neighbor of 30 years, said.

For nearly three decades, Keebler has lived across from and cared for Sarge Wright, the 96-year-old owner of the home. She brought him meals and checked up after his wife’s passing.

“I kind of took it upon myself to look after him,” she said.

His grand-daughter and great-grand-children moved in a few years ago. On Sunday around midnight, Callaway fire officials responded to a call. 

“I heard like an explosion, and then it looked like all three of those cars were on fire right there,” Gary Keebler said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

“We believe it may have started somewhere near the garage,” Callaway Fire Chief Joyner, said.

A man from the neighborhood said he heard someone screaming from the back of the house. He went to the back. He ended up grabbing a six year old boy from his window, carried him across the street onto the grass, saving his life.

All of the family members are now safe. As the 9/11 holiday approached, the fire fighters displayed support for their fellow national heroes. 

“We saw that flag about to hit the ground outside. We did take custody of the flag, cleaned it, and we’re getting ready to give it back to the family,” Joyner said.

A message of love for all our neighbors, near and far. 

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