MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Maryville couple and their young son are leaning on family and friends this weekend, after losing their home to a fire.
The Blount County Fire Department says the fire started just after 8 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Rock Hill Road in Maryville.
Fire crews say the home is a total loss, but the family is saying they made it out just in time.
Blount County fire crews say the two story home was fully involved when they arrived on scene just minutes after the call came in.
The home was destroyed by the time they got the flames out.
Homeowner David Gann still can't take in the news.
"I had to see it again because I still didn't believe that this happened to me. You don't ever think it's going to happen to you," said Gann.
Gann and other relatives came to survey the damage early Sunday morning, of what little remains of the place Gann, his wife and their four year old son have called home for the last two years.
Gann says he's beyond thankful he and his family were not home at the time of the fire.
But they easily could have been.
They had literally stepped out the door to go to dinner just minutes before.
"Pulled out of the driveway around 7:58 and we got the call around 8:15 that my home was engulfed in flames," said Gann.
Within minutes, everything they owned was gone.
Besides the clothes on their backs, the only thing they were able to pull from the ash was a stack of family photos.
"That's what we got left," said Gann, showing 6 News the photos. "There's a few hundred pictures stuck together and we're just hoping to save a few for our memories. That was the only thing that was left, the bag of burnt pictures."
Even as he looks at the destruction, Gann can't help but think of their last minute dinner plans as a major blessing, helping them to save the most important things of all.
"You can always get stuff back, but I've got my son, and I've got my wife. Those are the things that I could not replace," said Gann. "My plans are to rebuild this home back for my family right here. This is our home."
The Maryville community has already been reaching out to help the Gann family, who are now starting over.
"I've had calls since 9 o'clock last night, people wanting to set up meets," said Scott Murr, Gann's cousin.
"He's got a lot of friends. This family has a lot of friends."
Fire crews are still working to determine the cause of the fire at this time.
They told the family that early indications are that it was an electrical problem in the living room.
If you'd like to help the family, a donation drop off has been set up at Dr. K's Baseball and Softball Academy at 1412 Sevierville Road in Maryville.
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