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Finley family loses home to fire

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By The Staff

A family from Finley escaped unharmed from a fire at their home early Saturday morning, Oct. 9, but they lost their home and much of its contents.

“We had just got home,” said Mary Mattingly, who lives at 2719 St. Matthews Cemetery Road with her husband and three children.

Mary Mattingly said she and her husband, Will, and her kids had returned home Friday evening. Her children had gone to bed and she and her husband were getting ready for bed when she noticed the smoke and fire.

As soon as they saw the fire, they got the kids out of the trailer and called 911, Mary Mattingly said.

Mary Mattingly said she was the told the fire started with an electrical short in a drop cord they had been using. The kitchen and the children's bedroom were the first things consumed by the fire. The bathroom and her and her husband's bedroom was standing but the contents had been seriously damaged, according to Mattingly.

The Lebanon Police Department received notice of the fire at 2:20 a.m. The Raywick Fire Department and Marion County EMS responded, and the scene was cleared at 5:40 a.m.

The family has been staying at the Hampton Inn with a voucher from the Red Cross. They can stay with family for a short time, but Mattingly said they are looking for another place to live.

The family is also in need of clothing:

- Mary Mattingly, 32, wears XL shirts, size 16 jeans, L-XL stretchy pants and 8 1/2-9 in women's shoes.

- Will Mattingly, 34, wears size 38 jeans, XL shirts, 9 1/2-10 shoes extra-wide men's shoes.

- William, 10, wears 36 men's jeans, L-XL stretchy pants, L-XL adult shirts and 7 ½ shoes.

- Wesley, 8, wears size 10-12 jeans, M-L stretchy pants, L kids shirts and 5 ½ shoes.

- Kaitlyn, 4, wears 5-6 toddler pants and shirts and 10 1/2-11 shoes.

Anyone who can donate anything to help the family or anyone who knows of a place where they can stay, should call (270) 321-0281 or (270) 699-9606.