Historic Red Level home destroyed by fire

Published 1:15 am Thursday, August 16, 2018

GoFundMe established to help disabled grandma

Courtney Sharp has started a GoFundMe drive for her mother-in-law, Debra Parker, after Parker’s home was destroyed by fire this week.

The house, which was located across from the baseball field in Red Level, was built in the 1800s, and was said to be one of the first houses in the area. It previously served as a school.

Sharp said the cause of the fire is unknown, but once the lightered wood caught, it took three trips from the Red Level Fire Department to completely douse the fire.

“They were gone like five minutes Monday,” Sharp said. “They went to the Dollar General right here in Red Level. When they came back, her granddaughter opened the door and saw smoke and flames. She said, ‘Mama, the house is on fire.’ ”

Parker went into the burning home to attempt to get her 15-year-old dog, Little Bit, but the effort was futile.

Park is disabled and a widow. She cares for two grandchildren, ages 16 and 12. Her home – known as the Parker house long before she owned it – was not insured.

Sharp said the family has received plenty of clothes, but needs to find somewhere to live, household goods, and medical supplies.

The GoFundMe account is called “House fire left nothing but brick.”