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Family loses home in blaze

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fire line tape surrounds Tina Martineau's Cherokee Trail home on Wednesday following a blaze.
(T-G photo by David Melson)
A Shelbyville mother and her family have been forced to move from their Cherokee Trail following a Sunday night fire.

"We don't have anywhere to go," Tina Martineau said Wednesday morning of herself and her three children, ages 9, 7 and 6.

"The Red Cross put us up in a hotel for three days, This is the third day."

Martineau said they had found another place to stay Wednesday night, but are still seeking more permanent shelter.

Origin uncertain

"The fire is still under investigation at this time," Asst. Chief Brian Nicholson of the Shelbyville Fire Department emphasized on Wednesday. "We've done the preliminary investigation. The cause or origin is still undetermined."

Approximately 25 to 30 percent of the home suffered damage, Nicholson said.

A city fire inspector was inside the home Wednesday morning. Broken windows and smoke damage were visible but the structure itself appeared intact.

Unwelcome news

Martineau said she was shopping when she received word of the blaze.

"We don't know how it started," Martineau said. "A neighbor called and said our house was on fire. We got there and the roof had caved in."

She described several attempts to find help.

"I called churches and stuff," Martineau said. "One had a food pantry and said they could help if we found a place to stay. The other said they were booked and couldn't see anyone this week or next."