In November of 2017, Sherry Ford and her husband William were, understandably, in shock.
On Thanksgiving, her son, John E. Ford, went to pick up his sister and her then two small dogs. What he found at their home in Bennett, Maryland was shocking: two dead dogs, a smoldering refrigerator and scorched and smoky carpets.
The Fords had been trapped inside their home during a house fire that killed two of the couple’s three dogs, and it could’ve been a lot worse. The home was uninhabitable.
Fortunately, their daughter Cynthia and her family, and the White Oak Volunteer Fire Department made sure that the Fords, along with another resident, Melanie Capewell, were evacuated safely. Fire crews would later recover and identify the two dogs as Mini Schnauzers.
“It was a tragic turn of events, and our prayers went out to all those involved in the fire,” said Heather Douglas of the White Oak Volunteer Fire Department.
What caused the fire is still under investigation, but it’s something Cuthrown pointed out: “We are so thankful that it didn’t end in a fire in our home, not for our people.”