Montgomery County Family Of 14 Loses Home To Fire
by Emily Luxen
CUNNINGHAM, Tenn. - A small Montgomery County community is rallying around a family of 14 who lost everything in a house fire.
Fire ripped through the Flake family home of the last 30 years early Tuesday morning. Five of the family's 12 children were home at the time. All were able to escape without injuries.
"It was really scary," said Mallory Flake, 15, who was home when the fire started. "I looked up and saw the roof on fire and the whole wall on fire. It was spreading so fast."
When Cunningham volunteer firefighters arrived at the home on Attway Road around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday it was already engulfed in flames. Mallory Flake helped get her siblings out of the house. Her parents, Martha and Jim Flake, were out of town at the time.
"I am still numb," said Martha Flake. "It is tough to take in. I am so happy all of my children are okay."
The Flake family is well known in the community. As word of the fire has spread, friends and neighbors have stepped up to help and donated clothes and food.
"The Flakes are such an integral part of the community," said Dalton Harrison, a family friend. "Everybody loves them. It's a show of love."
Truckloads of donations arrived at the Flake home Wednesday, as family members still surveyed the damage.
The family is currently staying in an empty house near Attway Road.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, but members of the Flake family believe it was electrical.
The Hilltop Supermarket at 400 Highway 149 in Clarksville is collecting donations for the Flake family. Clothes, furniture and everyday items are needed.
Donations can also be made through a Give Forward fundraising page.