BY KEN LITTLE
Theresa and Ed Henry lost everything in a fire that ripped through their two-story home about 1 p.m Friday.
For the time being, the couple is living in a camper on their property at 7280 Newport Hwy.
The house and contents were destroyed by the fire. The cause remains under investigation.
"I wake up and look out my window at my life's work and say, 'Oh, my God,'" Theresa Henry said this morning.
Mrs. Henry, 60, operates the Ahead of Time Designers beauty shop in Greeneville. Her husband works as an electrician at the Town of Greeneville Public Works Department.
Neither was at home when the fire started.
"I was at work, and people started calling me," Theresa Henry said. "We lost everything. We have the clothes on our back."
Perhaps most painful to the couple is the loss of their two dogs, who died in the fire.
One dog was 5 years old and the other 10 years old.
"That was just traumatic," Henry said. "They were our babies. That's the hardest part."
A neighbor was mowing grass on his property Friday when he saw smoke coming from the Henry house, sheriff's Deputy C. Michelle Holt said in a report.
He walked over to check and "found flames and smoke coming from the house."
The neighbor called 911 and Theresa Henry, who had left the house about 9 a.m.
All the couple's personal identification and credit cards were destroyed in the fire. Very little was salvageable, Henry said.
"Miraculously, a few things were saved," Henry said, including a set of handcuffs belonging to Ed Henry's father, a police officer who died in the line of duty.
Family photos and a Bible also came through the fire unscathed, Henry said.
"There's nothing, just a few little things," she said.
The Henrys were assisted by the Red Cross after the fire, and Theresa Henry said neighbors and friends have also been very helpful.
The house is insured, but Henry doesn't believe the couple will every get reimbursed for all they have lost.
"Ironically, we bought a Fifth Wheel camper this summer. We planned to do some vacation trips. That's why we purchased it," Henry said.
That's where they are living, for now.
"We've just done everything we could," Henry said.
She said the couple could use gift cards from stores like Lowe's and Walmart to purchase some bare necessities until the insurance claim is settled.
To help, call (423) 636-3213.
No cause is listed for the fire, which may have started in the center area of the house. It remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff's Department.
Responding to the fire were the Caney Branch Volunteer Fire Department, the St. James Volunteer Fire Department, the Orebank Volunteer Fire Department, Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services, the Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad and the Greene County chapter of the American Red Cross.