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Jay veteran homeless after house fire

Posted at 5:03 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 11:18:34-05

JAY, Okla. — Teresa Birge built her home in Jay 40 years ago.

The home didn't have central heat and air. Every winter Birge used a wood stove to heat the home. When snowfall struck Oklahoma on Sunday, it was no different.

Birge started a fire then walked to her son's house just a few yards away, that's when her world changed.

“My son, he seen it first and he said 'oh your house is on fire,'” Birge said.

Not just on fire, engulfed. The Jay Fire Department responded, but the truck could not make it up the driveway because of the ice. Birge watched as 40 years of memories literally went up in flames.

Birge said, “It’s so hard to look at. I kept on thinking I’ll open my eyes and it’ll be back here again.”

However, the home is a total loss. The state fire marshal can't investigate because nothing is left. To make matters worse, Birge was looking forward to this coming weekend.

"I’ll be 64 on Saturday and it’s 64 years of memories gone,” Birge said.

Birge's daughter has started a GoFundMe which can be found here Teresa Birge house fire recovery

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