That fact left homeowner
"I'm a very practical person and life is what it is," Binford said. "Nobody died and there's no bones broken and everyone's safe."
Both she and her friend,
Binford said she was preparing for an early bedtime due to the upcoming lost hour from daylight saving time and because she was scheduled to play piano at two churches Sunday morning.
Her cousin who lives nearby called her at about
"I don't think I even said goodbye or thanks, in fact the phone was still on when we went out there and started pouring water and trying to put it out and it just went," she said.
Flames were burning through the outside of the east side of the house, Binford said, adding she didn't know what caused it.
"Flames were through the roof," Dietrich said. "...We tried to cut it off. It was already through the roof, so it was starting to vent itself. Just had to keep fighting it and get water here, that was the main thing."
He said at least five 2,000-gallon tanker trucks responded.
"That's difficult due to the fact that the ceiling, roof, collapsed down to the basement," he added.
Dietrich said a cause had yet to be determined.
Firefighters returned at about
Standing among family members, several of whom live in the neighborhood, and neighbors who came to console her Saturday night, Binford said she often compares the community overlooking the northern bank of the
"I have insurance, life is good, I'm OK," she said.
It could have been worse, she also said.
"If I'd have lost one of my brothers tonight, I could cry just talking about losing a brother," she said. "If I'd have lost Andrew, if I'd have lost one of my cousins, now that's a loss. I can rebuild. I'm retired so I can oversee the building of the house."
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