Fire Saturday Night Destroys Beebe HomeDec 5th, 2013 | By admin | Category: News and Features
BY LEE “CAT” McLANE
It was a very long and stressful night Saturday for the families of Doug and Bridget Henderson and their two girls, Kelly, 11, and Cassie, 16. Fire broke out in their home located just off Hwy. 31 South around 11:30 p.m. Beebe Volunteer Fire Department came on the scene and learned from family members that there was a possibility that Bridget and the two girls were in the house, according to Doug’s mother, Carol Henderson. “We were so scared,” she said.
Firemen were sent in as the home was ablaze to search for the possibility of people being in the home. They did not see anyone but still performed three more searches in the following hour or so, according to Carol.
“We thought that Bridget might be there because her truck was there at the house and when she goes to join Doug at the deer camp, she usually drives her truck with the girls,” stated Carol. “And - we kept calling her cell phone and it would immediately go to voice mail - which made us even more afraid that she and the girls were in there.” They also were calling Doug’s cell phone as they knew he was in Morrilton at a deer camp. “His phone would ring - but there was no answer,” according to Carol.
After five and one-half grueling hours, Doug called his mother and told her that Bridget and the girls were with him. “We were so relieved,” Carol said as she fought back the tears saying, “I’m still so emotional about it.” Doug had apparently gotten up early Sunday morning to go deer hunting and he saw that he had several calls on his phone.
“It was great to hear him and hear that Bridget and the girls were OK - but we had to tell him about the fire and that was hard,” Carol said.
The family lost everything in the house - including a cat. A dog chained in the yard was unharmed and the other dog that was normally in the house was staying at one of Doug’s friends houses.
“They have insurance but after all is said and done - they will not have enough to start over,” according to Carol.
If you would like to help the family with a monetary donation, call Bridget at 501-288-0914.