Couple loses everything, including pets, in Huntington fire

Published: Apr. 15, 2019 at 12:49 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/15/19 @ 7 p.m.

What began as a normal morning for Branden Goad and his girlfriend turned into a nightmare when their mobile home on Wilson Heights Road burst into flames.

Goad had just awakened to get ready for a doctor's appointment when he saw fire in the kitchen and rushed to wake up his girlfriend.

They tried to rescue their pets and were able to save their dogs, but seven of their cats died.

"I just hate that I couldn't get them out in time,” Goad said.

With smoke covering the sky, Goad’s mom, Ann Adkins, who lives nearby, thought she had lost her son.

"They didn't know where my son was and that's what scared me more than anything,” Adkins said.

The home that he and his brothers grew up in is now described as a total loss.

"They lost everything. They got nothing left,” Goad’s uncle Frank Valentine said.

But miraculously some photos and mementos weren't ruined, including photos of Goad’s father and brother who both died.

"He’s not living anymore so kind of the only thing I have left of him you know,” Goad said.

After being diagnosed with cancer when he was born and going into remission at age two, Goad has survived more than he was expected to.

"He was 15 months old there right him and my mom. He had just got done having his chemo treatment,” Adkins said.

As he and his family pick up the pieces of their life, it seems that they have an angel watching over them.

"I tell him every day his dad's watching over him. Every day,” Adkins said.

If you'd like to help the family they've set up a


A couple lost everything, including several pets, after their home in Huntington caught on fire.

The fire happened at a trailer in the 100 block of Wilson Heights just after 9 a.m. Monday.

A neighbor tells WSAZ his nephew and a woman lived there. They made it out safely, but several cats died in the fire.

Although the fire is contained now, it was a difficult location for crews. Firefighters had to haul water from hydrants down the road.

The flames destroyed everything inside the trailer.

“They lost everything," said the victim's uncle, Frank Valentine. "They’ve got nothing left. All he’s got is the clothes on his back. She’s got none.”

There's no word yet on what caused the fire. Investigators say foul play is not suspected.

Keep checking the WSAZ app and for the latest information.