Fire Marks Second Tragedy for Madison County Family

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A Madison County family is sifting through the ashes after a fire Tuesday morning completely destroyed their home.

It happened just before 11 a.m. on North Zulch Avenue about a mile off Hwy 21.

A young boy was inside the home at the time, but was able to get out, and even though the family lost everything, they are counting their blessings that no one was hurt.

"There was smoke coming out of the front door and out of the vents of the bathroom," North Zulch neighbor Wendy Drake said.

Drake thought she was dreaming when her neighbor came to her for help.

"I was so scared he was going to get hurt," Drake said.

Her neighbor, a 14-year-old boy woke up to a fire alarm that was set off by flames shooting from the computer room in this trailer. He ran to the neighbor's house to call 911, but before crews arrived, the fire had completely engulfed the home.

"I was working at Wal-Mart and they got me to the phone and told me my house was on fire and by the time I got here it was pretty well gone," said Denise Bradford, who watched her home go up in smoke. Her husband and two children moved to Madison County two years ago.

This isn't the first time the family has experienced a total loss. They moved to North Zulch after Hurricane Katrina and now they will have to rebuild their life again.

"Its very sad," Drake said. "I mean, they work and have many jobs and they're trying to make a good life for their kids and start over, and it's really hard."

But the Bradford family is considering themselves lucky. The family has overcome tragedy before, and says they will do it again because they still have each other.

"Just put your faith in the Lord, and we've got family friends," Bradford said.

Since the fire, the Madisonville Wal-Mart has raised $1,000 for the Bradford family.

An account has also been set up at Wells Fargo Bank for the family. If you would like to donate, the account is in Tina Dunning's name.