An Englewood family is grieving the loss of their home... and everything inside, including pets.
Jerry Smith was at a job interview while his wife, daughter, and grandchildren played at the park.
When he returned to their house on Highway 39, he saw smoke coming out of the windows.
In the time it took to go to a neighbor's and call 911, their home was engulfed in flames.
"You don't have anything inside of you. Emptiness. It's all gone," said homeowner, Jerry Smith.
"You never expect your house to burn. Nobody expects their house. And it's really devastating," said his wife, Patricia.
The Smiths have lived in the home for fifteen years.
Fortunately, the family and their seven dogs remain unharmed. However, not all of their pets were able to escape.
"My birds were in the house. I had them since we moved here. Between 15 and 20 years. And that hurts me," said Patricia.
That isn't all the Smith family will miss.
"But the pictures of your family... my brother that died, and her mom, things like that. You can't replace it," said Jerry.
Patricia's father left them his home directly in front of theirs when he passed away in April. Though they're grateful for his roof over their heads, the three children will start their school week without book bags or school supplies.
Jerry says he's thankful for the firefighters and Red Cross... and another group.
"Actually, the neighbors... since this thing we've had a neighbor here stay with me because she saw I was messed up, torn up. It's nice to have neighbors like that."
The Red Cross was at the home this afternoon to replenish their immediate needs.
The Englewood Fire Department says they're unsure what started the fire and it's under investigation.
If you would like to help the Smith family, call the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee.
By: Kelsey Bagwell