Fire destroys home and claims lives of dogs, family finds bible intact among rubble

CSRA News

A North Augusta family is rebuilding after a fire left them without a home. 

The family lost everything, including their 2 dogs, but among all the rubble one thing remained.  

“I will never leave you or forsake you, and he hasn’t left us.” Homeowner Wendy Crawley told WJBF NewsChannel 6. 

Crawley says she was on her way home, when she saw her life go up in smoke. Wet pages and minor smoke damage, but her bible survived the fire that destroyed the home and just about everything in it. 

“Laying on my night stand, is where I kept it.” Crawley said. “It was the only thing I found that we really needed.” 

The flames showed no mercy, claiming the lives of Crawley’s two dogs. 

“One we’ve had one for 15 years and the other one was our son’s service dog.” She said. 

Crawley says Sugar was very special to her 10-year-old, who was diagnosed with Autism 8 years ago. 

“She was always there for him,” she said. “If he couldn’t figure out how to calm down, she would come and she would sit, and she would just lay on him and love on him.” 

On Monday, the homeowner took our crew through what was left of her house.

For 17 years her family made memories there. Now they can only start over with their faith and the community’s support on their side. 

“God didn’t start that fire, but he has certainly brought you through it.” She told WJBF NewsChannel 6. 

Crawley says the bible is only one of the miracles she witnessed, that reminds her someone upstairs is keeping her and her family safe. 

“Do you want to know something crazy? When we came over here, not an ash on that bed.” Crawley said. “Now the cabinet beside it, is messed up, but not an ash on his bed.” 

Crawley does have homeowners insurance. At this time the cause of the fire has not been determined.

She tells WJBF NewsChannel 6 she hopes to find her son a new service dog. 

Crawley and her family are currently staying with her parents in North Augusta. 

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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