By Randy Bruce
October 1, 2013
A double-wide mobile home was destroyed late Sunday in a fire despite the best efforts of two Bryan County fire departments.
The home of Billy Hall in the 5000 block of Smiser Road was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters from Calera and West Bryan County VFDs arrived on the scene.
Hall was at a relative’s house next door around 10:15 p.m. Sunday when he discovered his home to be on fire.
“I stepped outside, and I could see smoke coming out the side of it,” Hall said.
He lived at the home with his daughter and two grandchildren. He said his wife of 30 years, Karin Hall, died in June.
“I can always buy clothes, but I can’t buy a life,” he said. “I’ve already lost one, I couldn’t stand another.”
Fire officials said the blaze began in the kitchen where a deep fryer was left on.
Members of Mead Baptist Church were on the scene and pledged to help the Hall family.
Calera firefighters put out another house fire earlier in the day at 1204 S. McKinley St.
The homeowner had a brush fire on the property and put the ashes in the trash can, according to Chief Brian Norton, who said the trash can then caught fire and burned the kitchen area of the home.