Calls came flooding in to emergency officials as flames engulfed the house in just minutes. A community shares its pain for a beloved neighbor dealing with the loss of the place he called home.
"He owns Greg's Roofing and he helps everybody in the neighborhood," said neighbor and friend Sonja Dawson. Dawson remembers when Greg Barry came to her family's side in their time of need.
"My husband had a car wreck, and he couldn't cut the grass," said Dawson. "Greg sent his workers and they came and cut our grass..... for months."
The community gathered around, embracing Barry when he arrived to see his home in ashes.
"All that could came out here and gave him a hug and said we were sorry," said Dawson. "That's about all we can do right now...its sad."
Firefighters arrived on the scene and met a fully-involved fire with flames already breaking through the roof of the residence. Firefighters had to wait before attacking the fire as rounds of ammunition Barry stored in his home echoed the air.
Firefighters say safety is a primary concern when dealing with dangers like this.
"When it's fully involved like that, and we have ammunition going off in the quantity that we had going today, safety is priority and paramount for our personnel," said Battalion Chief Darrel Wise.
Neighbors stood and watched as the fire destroyed the home and remembered the generosity of the man who had just lost everything.
"They wouldn't pave our road and Greg put in speed bumps because people were speeding down the road," said Dawson. "We never asked for help, Greg just did it."
As Berry begins to regroup his neighbors repay his generosity.
"I didn't even get a chance to tell him, but he can stay at our house," said Dawson. @
The State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire at this time.