Stovall family loses home in overnight fire

Published 4:34 pm Wednesday, November 1, 2023

A Troup County family lost nearly everything they own after an early morning fire Wednesday destroyed their home.

Troup County Fire Department officials say they were called to 63 Stovall Road near Lower Big Springs Road in reference to a fire around 1:55 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The single-story home was already heavily engulfed in flames by the time fire crews arrived, Deputy Fire Chief Zac Steele said.

Steele said the residents were able to escape the home without sustaining any injuries due to the fire.

“Unfortunately, due to the fire load, they had an exposure in the barn on the backside of the residence that also became fully engulfed because of the size of the fire in the house,” Steele said.

The house and barn were deemed a total loss, he said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is still under investigation by the fire marshal’s office.

Homeowner Brandy Brown said her 16-year-old daughter had discovered the flames in the rear of the home after getting up during the night. She alerted everyone else, and they were able to escape the home unscathed.

“The flames were already in the hallway, and it just went up like lighter wood,” Brown said.

The family was able to escape the flames, but two pets were killed in the fire, she said.

“All my babies were out,” Brown said. “So we’re blessed. We lost a couple of dogs in the fire, but at least all my kids are okay.”

Brown said she has no idea how the fire started. She said the only thing in the rear of the house is their laundry room and back porch.

Brown’s father, David Lanier, said the family also lost a side-by-side ATV and a zero-turn mower in the barn that burned. He said they had just finished paying off the ATV and had recently purchased the mower.

He said all the clothes they have are the clothes on their backs. Brandy chirped in saying they really don’t even own that, noting she had borrowed a sweatshirt because it was cold.

Brown said they hadn’t reached out to the Red Cross for help yet. She said they have a large family and are going to be OK. She said the home was insured.

In the meantime, a family friend has set up a GoFundMe for the Brown family at https://gofund.me/fb27397e for those wishing to help.