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Couple loses home, escapes with just purse

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By Molly Haines

Fire destroyed the home of Kenneth and Hazel Woodyard at 2740 Pleasant Grove Road.

Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the fire started some time between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.

“They said the fire started in the basement and that it was probably due to something electrical,” Hammond said.

The only thing the Woodyards were able to get out with was Hazel Woodyard’s purse, Hammond said.

“Their granddaughter also lived with them,” Hammond said “Luckily their grandson lived just right across the road from them and he’s letting them stay there with him until they can figure out a place to go.”

Hammond said several churches have taken up collections for the family.