Irvington Fire Leaves Family of 5 Homeless

IRVINGTON, Ala. (WKRG) - A fire at a home on Murray Heights Drive West in Irvington destroyed the home of a couple and their three young children.

Greg and Melissa Willis managed to get themselves and their children out unharmed but literally were left with only the clothes they were wearing.

Neighbors on each side of the home said the flames were so intense they feared for their own property.  The vinyl siding of one home suffered damage, melting from the intense heat.  Keith Broussard who lives on the other side of the home said the fire department was able to put water on his home to keep it from catching fire.

The St. Elmo Irvington Volunteer Fire Department responded.  The fire started about 10:30 Wednesday night.

While the Willis' and their 6-year-old, 3-year-old, and 8-month-old children were able to escape unharmed, they believe their dog was killed in the fire.

The American Red Cross is providing temporary assistance.  The Willis' are trying to find a place to stay.  They do not have insurance.  We'll provide updates here on how people can help the family as soon as those arrangements are made.

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