Andrea Thurman talks about fire that destroyed home

6:00 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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By Dana Dean

Berkeley, MO (KSDK) - A family of five ran from their burning home in Berkeley Thursday morning.

"I don't have anywhere to go, we have nothing. Everything we own was in that home. My car, everything," said Andrea Thurman.

Thurman wears the coat her neighbor gave to her after escaping from her burning home.

"Oh, thank you, thank you. You guys just don't know what this means," she told her neighbor.

Thurman lived in the Pepperidge Drive home in Berkeley along with her 22-year-old daughter, and three grandchildren ages 3, 1, and 3 weeks. Around 4:30 a.m., she says her daughter saw a flickering coming from the bedroom window and woke her up.

She said, "And we just ran out the house." They all escaped unharmed. "And we looked back and the whole house was in flames."

Berkeley authorities say the origin of the fire is the car but they don't know the cause. St. Louis County Bomb and Arson Squad have been called to investigate.

Thurman said, "We woke up and the car was engulfed in flames and I don't understand how a parked car that's been parked all night can suddenly catch a fire like that."

This isn't the first setback for Thurman. She says she was laid off from her job two weeks ago. She says the Red Cross is providing a hotel for the night and vouchers for food and clothes. After that, she doesn't know where she'll stay.

"I have nothing. Nothing," she said.

For now, she holds on to the warmth of a neighbor's coat.


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