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Update: Devonshire Drive Fire Displaces Mother, Son

Owner Debbie Farrell said God will help her through it.

This morning, a fire that reportedly started from a dryer engulfed most of the house at 53 Devonshire Drive, and will displace a woman and her 19-year-old son.

This morning, Debbie Farrell was outside raking her leaves when she saw smoke coming out of her home. She went inside, thinking it was her oven, but it was off.

Then she went into her laundry room and saw her dryer engulfed in flames. Farrell was drying a load of clothes in the dryer at the time.

“The dryer was in flames, high flames,” Farrell said.

She ran to her neighbor’s house, where she called 911 at 9:37 a.m. Waterford fire crews arrived at 9:39 a.m. and had the fire put out by 9:59 a.m., according to Jordan Fire Chief Tim Sullivan.

Nobody was injured in the fire and Farrell said there was no structural damage to the house. However, the interior of the house and everything in the house was mostly destroyed and it temporarily leaves Farrell and her 19-year-old son, Anthony Farrell, without a home.

After the fire, Farrell was resolute in her faith in God. She said God would help her through this, much like God helped her work through the unexpected death of her husband three years ago.

“I keep my faith in God, and I know every trial I go through God will be here with me,” Farrell said. “Without God, I’m powerless.”

Farrell said she routinely cleans the lint out of the dryer, and had somebody inspect the dryer just a couple of weeks ago. It was seven-years-old, and “never gave me trouble,” Farrell said. Waterford’s fire marshal was still on scene as of 10:40 a.m., and had yet to make a determination of what caused the fire.

Getting Comfortable In Her Own Home

Farrell’s husband unexpectedly died three years ago. Farrell said she just finished changing the furniture in the house, so it felt like her house and not her and her husband’s house, she said.

“I started feeling comfortable in my own house,” Farrell said. “I made it my home.”

Farrell described herself as a devout Christian, and this was another reminder for people to listen to God. Strength comes from listening to God, she said.

“People go away from God,” Farrell said. “Without God you can’t handle everything.”

Farrell said she was worried where her and her son were going to stay. Red Cross officials were meeting with Farrell at the scene to try to give her a temporary place to stay.

Farrell also was worried about dealing with her insurance company. Her home is insured; although she was worried they would fight her and not give her the full amount of money.

“I’m scared about getting the help I need,” Farrell said.

Charlotte Zito September 03, 2012 at 05:43 PM
It would be nice to know what size clothes they might need. And a list of what else they need. Charlotte Zito
Marlene L Wiggins September 04, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I think gift cards are a great idea. Then Debbie can get what she needs. Also, the insurance company is coming tomorrow, so she will have a better feel of what is going on and what her options are for housing. Marlene Wiggins
Paul Petrone September 04, 2012 at 11:40 AM
You got it, I took off the information. Hope all is well.
Charlotte Zito September 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Marlene,Gift Cards is a GREAT idea. I hope she will have a place to live soon. I know she must be confused to what she will be doing in the near future. But she has faith and hope. God bless her and her son. God will take care of them both. I can't do much for her as I am unable because of my health problems and I don't drive anymore. But I am sure there are plenty of people who are reaching out to her.
Mironda September 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Debbie & Anthony, I am so sorry, i'm mad at myself for not contacting you sooner. Living in Washington DC is hard to keep up,but please know my family is (we'll) always be there for you and Anthony, we've been together since his ( Anthony) was born. I will call you. You're absolutley right when you say god will see you through, he never fails us. God Bless You ....... Mironda & Family

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