Woman: Power not disconnected, second fire started

House Fire, Baldwin County

An Elberta woman said she and her family have lost everything after two separate fires destroyed her home Saturday, February 8.

Sheila Haraughty said she was about to go to bed when her children noticed flames coming from their home on Madden Lane off County Highway 91 in Elberta.

Haraughty said a number of volunteer fire departments showed up to put out the blaze including Perdido, Elberta, Escambia, and Lillian Volunteer Fire Departments.

Haraughty said after volunteer firefighters put out the fire, a good portion of her home was still standing. She said firefighters told her to get some rest and meet them back at the scene the next morning.

After Haraughty stayed the night at a friend’s house and returned to her home the next morning, Haraughty found what had been left standing the night before to now also be burned down.

“I get there at 9 o’clock, and I’m pulling in, and everything that was there is gone!” Haraughty recalled Monday morning, February 10, “And, everything that was not (burned) is standing, but nothing’s inside. So the whole entire house is gone and nothing is left.”

She said because of the second fire, the items she had planned to salvage had all burned, leaving her with virtually nothing to her name.

Haraughty said she believes a second fire could have started because the power to her home was not disconnected.

FOX10 News reached out to the fire departments involved in putting out the fire, but no one was available for comment.

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