Russell County

House fire leaves family of eight with nothing

RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. - "Everything that I worked 30 years for, is gone," said Scottie Holmes.

Holmes was working to remodel the home he rented in Russell County, Virginia.
But Friday night, the mobile home went up in flames.

"I was going to pick up my daughter and I come back and it was all a blaze," said Holmes.

Fire crews say the mobile home is a total loss.
Holmes is now picking up the pieces, a painful task because he didn't have renters insurance.

"We was renting it and the landlord said he had insurance so we didn't know it didn't cover the stuff that we had or we would have gotten extra insurance," said Holmes.

Crews responded to the scene, but it was too late. The family of eight has nothing left.

"Right now I've got no transportation, no vehicle, no nothing," said Holmes.

News 5 learned that some of the things Holmes lost, cannot be replaced.

"My Mom passed away a little over a year and a half ago and I had all of her stuff and now I have nothing. All the pictures and everything are gone," said Holmes.

Holmes tells me he is faithful.

"He said he wont put more on ya than what you're able to bare, you think you can't go no more, you can," said Holmes.

The American Red Cross is helping the family after the fire.

"Well they got us this room for three nights and they went and got us some diapers and got the kids some sleep clothes and stuff last night," said Holmes.

A local church has also helped by donating clothing for the family, but they still have a long way to go.

If you would like to know how you can help the Holmes family, then you can contact Patty at the American Red Cross at 276-645-6650.

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