Since the days following the Thursday evening house fire at 3060 Mountain Road in Halifax, Terance Jones and his family are struggling to face their new reality.
“It’s tough,” said Jones.
“I keep thinking it’s time to go home but...,” he added as his voiced trailed off.
Him and his wife, Brittany, and their two kids, 4-year-old Avaya and 2-year-old Izaya were home when the fire broke out around 7 p.m.
Terance was getting ready to lie down, and the rest of the family was in the living room when he started to smell something burning.
He admitted they had been having problems with the wiring, and when he began to notice the smell, he went to the breaker box. The lights went out, and then he noticed fire in the children’s room where an electrical heater was.
“Luckily, we were in the living room,” said Brittany who helped Terance scoop up the children and safely evacuate the mobile home while they called 911.
“It felt like it took forever for anyone to get there. She (Avaya) kept yelling, ‘The house is burning.’”
In the meantime, Terance tried to retrieve the hose from the backyard to help salvage their home.
“It kept getting tangled,” said Terance. After it was finally unfurled, half of the home was already in flames.
Firefighters from Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department and Liberty Volunteer Fire Department arrived to fight the blaze for roughly two hours.
This was where the Jones’ family had lived for almost four years. The family had a lot of firsts in that house with their two children and had many memories making items together.
“It’s hard to lose everything you have,” said Brittany. “I’m going to miss all of the memories and all of the stuff we made together.”
The children also lost all of the items they had just received from Christmas.
Since the fire, The American Red Cross has been assisting the family with a place to stay, and others have stepped up wanting to help.
“It’s overwhelming to see so many people willing to help,” said Brittany.
If anyone would like to help the family, may contact the American Red Cross at 434-476-5148.
Clothing is needed for the family including size 6T in girl’s shirts and pants, 3T in boy’s shirts and pants, 3X in men’s shirts and 34 x 32 in men’s pants as well as 2X in women’s shirts and size 18 in women’s pants.
“Anything that anyone would like to help us with would be appreciated,” Brittany concluded.