Fire Leaves Family of Eight Homeless

Local News

A family of eight is homeless tonight after a fire destroys their home for the second time in months.

New Lexington fire crews were called to the fire at 322 East Water Street shortly before 9 o’clock this morning. The home of Crystal Copley, her husband and six children was already engulfed when crews arrived at the scene.

New Lexington fire officials say Copley was able to rescue her six sleeping children before the fire spread.

“The mother she was outside and she seen smoke coming from the rear of the structure and so she went back into the front and got everybody up and everybody out,” says Bob Spencer, Battalion Chief New Lexington Fire Department.

Copley says they had just got settled in their new home after an April electrical fire destroyed their previous home in Columbus. She says she has no idea how they are going to afford moving to another home.

“It’s kind of hard to think that far ahead, but it went from thinking about back to school supplies and what we’re gonna do to know where are we gonna go and how’s it going to work out? It’s just terrible,” she says.

The house is considered a total loss. Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office are currently trying to determine the cause.

A fund has been set-up to help the family at National City Bank in New Lexington. Donations can given in care of Crystal Copley and family.