A Barn Fire Leaves Family Without a Home
A Marion County family lost their house to a fire over the weekend.
Mark Wisell, his 12 -year- old daughter and his dog were all at their home in Northwest Marion County.
His wife was not. She was actually working when the fire broke out in a horse stall that they used as storage.
Wisell said the first thought that ran through his mind when he saw the flames was to get his daughter and dog out of the house.
"You go through your life and you don't realize how easily something of this magnitude could occur," said Wisell.
On Saturday, Wisell was in the living watching TV and his daughter was taking a nap in her bedroom.
Wisell went to the back to get something from the storage area and that's when he saw the flames.
"I felt heat down my right arm and turned to the right I noticed the right wall of the horse stalls was all up in orange color flame. Initially once I felt the heat and once I saw that size of a fire that was already engulfed the back wall, it was just fear," said Wisell.
He reached for the hose to try and put out the fire.
"It was scrolling at such a fast rate that I got to the point of wanting to put the fire out, but realized I couldn't," said Wisell.
He ran back inside to get his daughter who then called 9-1-1.
He struggled rescuing his dog, but he said he wasn't going to let her burn.
"My dog did not want to leave the house and she came back two maybe three times. I had to actually carry her back into the field," said Wisell.
Marion County Fire Rescue arrived and began putting out the fire, while Wisell and his daughter stood outisde watching their home go up in flames.
"Seeing your life of everything you've worked for vaporize within minutes," said Wisell.
Wisell believes there's not much he and his family can salvage for their home.
They are currently waiting to get confirmation from the insurance agent about whether or not the barn house is a complete loss.
"Most people go through their lives and they don't understand how quick fires can happen and you don't even have a chance to even think twice when it does occur," said Wisell.
State Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire.
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