When she came back inside, flames were licking at her cabinets.
"It started with the stove, and it went in a hurry," Mason said. "I came out when I realized I couldn't put it out. I had fought the fire and unplugged the stove. When I went back, I could see the flames up in the cabinets."
She stayed calm while she was outside, but when she went back in and realized all she had lost, she started panicking.
On Tuesday, the
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They began tearing down the old structure in
Estes worked with Mason to pick out a floor plan, flooring, cabinets and kitchen appliances.
A portion of Mason's insurance covered some of the costs, but Estes said she didn't have enough.
"A lot of people, whether it's a tornado or fire, when the house gets to be a certain age, people still have coverage based on things they did 15 or 20 years ago," Estes said. "That's just not enough coverage. Construction costs have gone up."
Mason was able to move into her home in late May. She lived with her sister down the road while construction took place.
Walking through her home, Mason marveled at the size of her kitchen with sleek appliances, white marble countertops and plenty of room to cook.
"It's smaller than my original house, but it's plenty big," she said. "I love the way it's laid out. The living room is huge, and it walks into the kitchen. Then, you go down a small hallway where there are three bedrooms."
The main thing she misses about her old home was the memories she created with her late husband, Ronald.
"That's the hardest thing to get used to," she said.
In her living room sat a table of family pictures. Mason pulled out a large family portrait, tucked into a vase, she managed to save from the fire.
"I didn't lose them all," she said. "This is one that I saved. You can tell it was smoked all the way over, but I saved it."
She plans on getting a frame so she can hang it in her new living room.
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