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Augusta County Woman Faces Homelessness After House Fire

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An Augusta County woman who lost everything in a house fire Friday morning is facing homelessness. The Red Cross has been supporting Cathy Fogle since the fire, giving her clothes and a place to stay for three days, but Sunday is her last night at the Days Inn.

Fogle says that once she checks out, she will have nowhere to turn. She narrowly escaped the fire that engulfed her home on Black Bear Lane near Crimora around 5:30 Friday morning.

"I was wakened by smoke and flames and my dog barking," said Fogle.

That terrifying wakeup call was just the beginning of Fogle's nightmare. She escaped through her home's back door and waved down a passing driver to call 911.

"The fire department arrived and tried to put everything out. They called the insurance company for me, which we found out at that time the insurance had lapsed," she said.  

Fogle said she recently switched insurance companies, and thought her home was covered. But she found out otherwise after the fire.

"I've lost everything and have no way to replace it," she said. "How do I feel? Lost, without, nowhere to turn, my home's gone, and I lost something that I loved very dearly."

One of Fogle's dogs managed to escape the fire, but she lost Snuggles, the miniature Schnauzer whose bark woke her up and saved her life.

"The dog is kinda like, they've been family. So when you lose one of those it's like losing your family," said Fogle.

The Red Cross met Fogle at her house early Friday morning to give her a place to stay for three days. Since then she says members of the community have brought her clothes and many messages of support.

"It's kind of a community collaboration where when someone has a problem, suffers a disaster, that we all step up and help them to kinda get things back in place," said Raymond Watson, who responded to Fogle's house for the Red Cross.

But Fogle still seems to have a lot of hope. She says she's thankful to the community and to the Red Cross for all of their support so far. She hopes to be able to rebuild her house.

"This rocky road is going to get straight soon," she said. "It's a lot of prayers. We're hoping it's going to get better."

Click here to contact the Central Virginia Red Cross or make a donation in her name.

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