Skip to main content

Trailer destroyed by fire



MEADOWS – A home was destroyed by fire on Monday, February 4, with the family’s pets lost in the fire.

The District 3 Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a trailer fire in the Meadows area of Rt. 7 on Monday afternoon. While none of the residents were in the home at the time of the fire, the family’s two cats, dog and a litter of newborn puppies were trapped in the home at the time of the fire. 

The trailer was the home of Amber Stephens and Shandie Howard, along with her two kids, ages 9 and 2. 

District 3 Fire Chief Jim Joseph told the Independent the homeowners said they believed they left something on the stove, leaving the home to pick up a sick child at school.

They reportedly did not have any insurance at the time of the fire, according to a Facebook post by a family member, and the home was a total loss.

A GoFundMe page, found by clicking here, has been organized by family members to help them replace the home and belongings. 

Emily Fitzpatrick, who started the GoFundMe on Monday, wrote on the page, “Today my sister Shandie Howard’s house caught on fire. Within minutes the house was engulfed in flames with smoke too dense to even attempt to enter and put it out.  The local fire squad battled the flame for almost an hour before they ran out of water in their truck. Everything in her home was destroyed and she didn’t have insurance. Shandie lived inside this home with her two kids Daegan and Dalia and her partner Amber Stephens. Luckily no one was home when the fire started but now they have no place to call home, clothes to wear, or money to replace everything. Tomorrow is Daegan’s 9th birthday and, along with everything else, his birthday presents and party supplies were destroyed. This GoFundMe will Be used to collect money for replacing Shandie and her family’s home and belongings as well as for Daegan to have something for his birthday. Any and all donations are accepted no matter how small! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!”

The community came together the next day with the local Little Caesars throwing a party on Tuesday for the 9-year-old, whose birthday was the day after the fire. Cakes for You, in West Liberty, donated cupcakes, Green’s Auto Sales in Ironton, OH, bought clothes, toys and donated money, and Salyersville Grade School and Magoffin County High School reached out with donations and gifts. 


Heather Oney

ARH Top 10 Employers