FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A house destroyed and a family of eight recovering after their home caught on fire on Saturday afternoon off Oakland Avenue n Florence. Lafrancis Staten, homeowner and mother of three says her fiancé walked away from the hot stove while he was cooking.
"When he ran back inside the back wall where our stove was it was just burning he was trying to put it out, put it out but it started going up the wall, it caught the curtains, it was just gone," said Staten.
Staten and her family moved into the home just two months ago. When the fire broke out her five and seven year old child were playing outside and her one year old baby was asleep. Thankfully, her fiancé was able to get all three kids and Staten's brother out safely.
She says, "My bed where my baby and I sleep is right by the kitchen so we could have been blocked in or climb out of the window or something, so i'm glad they were awake and alert to get safe, i'm very thankful, very thankful."
Once the fire hit the ceiling, the entire house was in flames. Next door neighbor, Gricelda Robinson was home to call 911 for them. Robinson brought the kids inside her house to get them away from the smoke. Robinson says, "So I went inside with the kids until the fire department came and things calmed down a little bit. It's terrible they were melancholy they just said we lost our home, I don't know where we are going to live, where are we going to live."
Right now, The American Red Cross is assisting with a place to stay, along with food and clothing. The only things left the fire did not destroy were two bikes and one family photo album.
Staten says, "Just trying to move forward and just pray and thank God that we are alive to see another day and to go through what we are going through."