Tellico Plains family loses everything in house fire

Tellico Plains family loses everything in house fire

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Smoke was still billowing in parts of Randall Ogle's home Tuesday morning. Smoke was still billowing in parts of Randall Ogle's home Tuesday morning.
"Material things they can be replaced, but you cannot replace a family," Randall Ogle said. "Material things they can be replaced, but you cannot replace a family," Randall Ogle said.
There's no word yet on what caused the fire, but the Tellico Plains Fire Department suspects it could be electrical. There's no word yet on what caused the fire, but the Tellico Plains Fire Department suspects it could be electrical.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

TELLICO PLAINS (WATE) - A house fire that erupted late Monday night left a Monroe County family with just the clothes on their backs and a baby crib.

The fire happened at a home on Croft Road in Tellico Plains around 10 p.m. Monday night. All six people made it out without injuries.

Smoke was still billowing in parts of Randall Ogle's home Tuesday morning.

"It was a killer on me this morning when we woke up because Peyton said to me 'Daddy, I'm ready to go home.' And I didn't know how to explain it to her we didn't have a home to go back to," said Ogle.

Flames tore through the home while his 4- and 5-year-old daughters were tucked into bed and his wife was taking care of their 10-day-old baby.

The young father was still up and playing with his 6-year-old son.

"I thought someone had pulled in the driveway because I saw an orange glow and I thought 'parking lights.' I ran outside and there wasn't anyone here. For some reason I looked up and there was fire blowing out of the eave of the roof," said Ogle.

He then rushed the family of six out the door to safety. Ogle says he's simply thankful.

"That was my main thing is that material things they can be replaced, but you cannot replace a family," he said.

While the fire may have destroyed the family's past, it's also part of their future.

"We're going to tear it down and rebuild it. I mean this is our home this is what we've worked for."

There's no word yet on what caused the fire, but the Tellico Plains Fire Department suspects it could be electrical.

The Red Cross is currently helping the Ogle family with temporary housing along with money for clothing and food.

New Providence Church is collecting donations for the family. If you would like to help, call Jada Parks at (423) 253-3357 or Tellico Plains Fire Chief Jamie Sisson at (423) 261-4341.

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