ENGLEWOOD (WATE) - A fire destroyed a McMinn County family's mobile home on Sunday afternoon. No people were injured, but some family pets were killed.
Jerry Smith came home from working around 2 p.m. Sunday to find his home along Highway 39 East in flames. When he couldn't get cell phone reception to dial 911, he ran to a neighbor's house for help.
"By the time I got back, this window was broke out and flames were shooting up," said Jerry Smith.
Smith lived at the home with his wife Patricia and three grandchildren. The family had lived there for 15 years. No one was home when the fire broke out.
"We took the kids to the park, came back, and the house was burnt," said Patricia Smith.
"I was worried about my dogs," Jerry Smith said, "But all of them came running to me, so I knew they were okay."
The Smiths did lose their pet fish and birds. Jerry Smith says they were apart of their family.
"[I'm] glad everybody's okay, I feel bad about my birds and my fish. We had the birds for 10 years, and our fish we had for at least six years," said Smith.
This isn't the first time Patricia Smith has been through a house fire. The first happened when she was a teenager.
The Red Cross is now assisting the family with food and clothing.
I'm just glad that the family is safe," said Johnny Hooker, a Red Cross volunteer. "Regretfully, they have lost their belongings, and if it wasn't for the donors, then we couldn't assist the family."
The Smiths say they will rebuild on their property.
McMinn County investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.
1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville, Tennessee 37917