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Kitchen fire destroys Camp home

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Tragedy struck a Camp woman a second time when

her house burned barely a week after she buried her

son.

The house owned by Frances Peacock was fully

engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene Aug. 24,

said Rayvon Romine, Camp fire chief.

Romine said the roof was collapsing as firefighters

arrived. Firefighters were unable to save the home, said

Romine.

He said Peacock was asleep when the blaze started

but she awoke to the sound of barking dogs around 3

a.m. "If it hadn't been for my dogs barking I wouldn't be

here today," she said.

Peacock said her dogs were howling and scratching so

she decided to check out the commotion. She heard

glass breaking in the kitchen and assumed her house

cat had broken a glass.

She discovered the kitchen was on fire and the

windows were broken.

Peacock called her daughter-in-law, Barbara Elliott,

who reported the fire to authorities. By the time Peacock

got off the phone the house had filled with smoke. She

exited the home through the front storm door.

She said after she escaped she slipped on the wet

grass and sprained her ankle. Within five minutes the

home was a total loss, she said.

She said her purse was in the house; she lost her

driver's license, her Social Security card and other

important documents.

Peacock said she inherited the ranch-style home when

her parents died. Her parents did not have insurance

on the house and she said she could not afford to

purchase homeowner's insurance.

Peacock's father built the home in 1963.

Peacock said she plans to stay with Elliott for awhile

then stay with her son in Mammoth Spring until she can

find another home.

Peacock said she would like to purchase a good, used

mobile home to place on the land.

She lost one cat and three small poodles in the blaze,

she said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, Romine

said.

"People have already been so generous. I would like to

say thank you to everyone who helped me. God bless

them," she said.

Donations are being accepted at Elliott's home; she

can be contacted at 870-895-2883.

Peacock said she heard bad luck travels in threes but

the last two losses have been devastating to her. She

said, "I couldn't stand a third one."

Peacock's son and Elliott's husband, Carl Elliott, died

Aug. 16 from injuries he sustained in a four-wheeler

accident on Republican Highway.



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