Tragedy struck a Camp woman a second time when
her house burned barely a week after she buried her
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
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
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,
The cause of the fire has not been determined, Romine
"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.