Mother and 3 children left homeless after fire destroys Carroll County home

A former firefighter and mother of three said it was all gone after a fire ripped through her Carroll County home.

The family learned the devastating news while on vacation.

“I can do anything because of God who strengthens me,” said Jennifer Warren.

As her children played on a swing on Wednesday, Jennifer Warren strolled through what was left of her home.

“When I pulled up to my yard, I had to sit in my car for ten minutes. It took everything I had to get out and watch this,” Warren said.

Warren said investigators believe the fire started in the back of the house.

“We came back to nothing. Nothing,” Warren said.

The family was on vacation when their house caught fire early Friday morning.

Warren said he burned for hours until someone noticed him and called for help.

A former firefighter and mother of three is left homeless after a fire engulfs the family’s Carroll County home while they were on vacation. (FOX 5)

It is a house she shared with her three children aged 2, 4 and 7.

“That green blanket was my son when he was born,” Warren said.

“I lost my whole family a few years ago. All the pictures and the things that can’t be replaced. It was all in there,” Alexis Boatwright said.

Alexis Boatwright and her 2-month-old baby also lived in the house.

“It’s when I was pregnant with my first child. It’s a picture of me and their daddy,” Warren said.

Warren has the only photos she was able to save from the fire.

“When I saw them, I couldn’t do anything but cry,” Warren said.

There are different images displayed in the neighborhood. These are signs that point to an arson investigation.

Officials said they have not determined a cause but have not ruled anything out.

“I just hope whoever did it pays for what they did. I’m getting some kind of justice,” Warren said.

As this family struggles to determine what’s next, the scripture around Warren’s neck, Philippians 4:13, is their guide.

“He’s the only thing that keeps me going every day. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t make it through the day. I wouldn’t know where to go with my kids. I wouldn’t know one day after” , Warren said.

Anyone wishing to help the family can donate to their online fundraising effort.

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