Fires destroy homes over the holidays
Two Canton families lost their homes in fires just days after Christmas.
The North Canton Fire Department responded to a fire at the home of the Pilcher family on Thickety Road around 2 a.m. Dec. 26, said Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Paxton.
David Pilcher and his family, including three children, escaped the home by the time fire fighters arrived.
Paxton said he believes the fire started in the attic, possibly from the wiring in a ceiling fan. The fire was contained to one bedroom and living room, however smoke damage ruined nearly everything in the home.
One person donated a trailer to the family for a temporary home and Oak Grove Baptist Church is accepting donations from clothing to furniture for the family. The American Red Cross is assisting the family temporarily.
Fire fighters also responded to a home on Doubleside Drive in the Beaverdam community around 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. Two adults and their three children escaped the home, which was fully involved in fire by the time fire fighters arrived. The family lost their entire home and their car to fire damage.
Paxton said the American Red Cross is paying for the family's stay at a hotel for five nights and several local churches have donated money and items to the family. North Canton Baptist Church is collecting items for the family, which can be dropped off at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day this week.