Sarah Kirgan roused her two children out of bed early Tuesday morning, January 28 to flee their burning house. They escaped with only the pajamas they were wearing.
The rural DuBois house built in the 1950’s, contents, and even the car parked outside the garage were a total loss.
Kirgan said that she woke up at 6 a.m. because of a smell she described as a burning marshmallow. There was no smoke in the house and the smoke detector did not sound.
She walked outside and saw flames coming from the garage.
Kirgan and the children safely evacuated the house. Her husband, Kevin, was working a 24-hour shift at the Washington County Ambulance Service.
Sarah Kirgan opened the dog door in the breezeway, and the dog came out. Smoke prevented her from rescuing the puppies in the breezeway.
The family is staying at the Comfort Inn in Mt. Vernon. Trace remains in school at Trinity St. John’s in Nashville and Raven at Ashley Grade School.
Sarah continues her position as a LPN at the Washington County Hospital Long-term Unit.
The family plans to temporarily move to a rental while they build a house on their 7-acre home site, said Kirgan.
Since the fire, the family has received enough donated clothing for the couple and their children, Trace, 9, and Raven, 8.
Accounts have been set up at the Farmers and Merchant Banks in Ashley and DuBois for the family. Donations of gift cards are also appreciated to furnish a house. They can be sent to Sarah Kirgan’s mother, Cheryl Cameron at P. O. Box 148, Ashley.