YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Henry Brown’s loss and pain is unimaginable. He lost his wife, Angela, of 13 years died on May 31 and then Monday he lost his home to a fire.
“I just lost Angela two weeks ago,” said Brown. “There are a lot of memories in [the house] that we can’t get back.”
While Angela suffered from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, a rare disorder that causes chronic severe pain, how she died has yet to be ruled by the medical examiner.
“She never took a day for granted,” Brown said. “I’m sure her disease had a lot to do with that.”
Brown returned to work Monday for the first time since his wife died only to get a call that his home was on fire. While the fire marshal is still investigating the cause, it’s believed a tractor trailer snagged a low hanging power line sending large volts of electricity into the Brown’s home.
“It grabbed a low hanging power line that we’ve had many, many issues over the last couple of years with and several people in the community have complained about it,” said Brown. “The large volts blew a transformer outside and then blew our TV up and that’s ultimately what started the fire.”
Brown’s two children, 10 year-old Zach and 11 year-old Danielle, were home at the time. The two children were in the kitchen when Danielle, who has heard voices of her late great grandfather since she was 3, says her late mother’s voice told her to get out of the home.
“I kept hearing the voice that was saying get out,” said Danielle before the fire ever started. “It was telling me to grab Smokey [the family dog] and get out.”
After Danielle and her brother got outside they heard the television explode and the house caught on fire.
The family’s pet guinea pig Penelope died in the fire and the only thing salvageable was Henry and Angela’s wedding album.
The couple rented the home and did not have insurance. The American Red Cross, community groups and Boonville Elementary School, where the children attended, are raising money to help the family.
“My children keep me strong; they keep me going,” said Brown. “I know I have to be here every day for them.”