Decades of memories destroyed in fire - FOX 13 News

Decades of memories destroyed in fire

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Fire investigators are looking for answers after flames destroyed an Egypt Lake home.

The fire started around 6 a.m. on the 3200 block of West Minnehaha Street.

Investigators say intense flames held firefighters back for more than an hour.

Crews could not save the home.

The homeowner, 78-year-old Bernadine Boyd, was away visiting her daughter.

"I received a phone call shortly after 6 o'clock this morning, it was the most horrible phone

call I ever received," Boyd said. "Years and years of collecting things since my children were little, little things. They're all grown up now. All the memories, my children's pictures on the wall. Things I can never, ever replace."

Investigators say they found rooms piled five feet high with personal items, including furniture and clothes.

Firefighters tackled lingering hot spots for hours.

"They'll go through an overhaul, pick apart all the pieces to make sure they don't rekindle or restart," says spokesperson Jessica Damico.

Investigators will look for anything suspicious. In the meantime, Boyd says what she wants most is answers.

"I want them to find out what happened, because there was absolutely nothing left on," Boyd said. "I am so conscientious about it... gates in front, gates in back, are locked at all times."

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