FISHERSVILLE-- An early morning fire destroyed a house off of Ida Ct. on Wednesday. The family made it out, but only got out with the clothes on their backs.
The mother, Donna Viviano, and her son returned to the home earlier in the morning to look at the damage.
Viviano was sleeping in the den when the fire broke out at around 3 a.m. She woke up and saw the fire starting on her front porch. She alerted her son, grabbed her two dogs, and ran outside.
Fire crews from Fishersville, Augusta County, New Hope,
Waynesboro, along with the Waynesboro First Aid Crew responded at around 3:15 a.m. They stayed on the scene for about three hours, but had to return during the middle of the day to hose down wood that was still burning, according to a neighbor. They are still investigating a cause.
The fire also damaged other nearby houses. Neighbors said you could see the flames from blocks away, and feel the heat hundreds of feet away.
While Viviano is distraught at losing her house, she is counting her blessings that everyone is o.k. "Thankfully we got out safe. Our home was destroyed, but we got out safe. Two dogs got out safe," she said. "We're very lucky. We have wonderful family, and friends, so we're blessed. The main thing is we got out because as you can see our home is gone."
Viviano wasn't sure what the next step would be. The house was insured.
The Red Cross was there to assist them in finding food and clothes. The family has relatives in the area, as well.