Robert Alexander sits on the tailgate of his truck less than a shade tree future to what stays of his home for more than 40 a long time.
The 83-calendar year-previous, who still works fulltime, has returned each individual day to the Santa Monica Boulevard home considering the fact that it was ruined by a fireplace before this month.
“It’s tricky to remain absent,” Alexander advised the Gallatin Information previous 7 days. “(This property) suggests a ton to me due to the fact it was a ton of tricky work. I’ve completed cried many times about this.”
According to the spouse and children, the fire was began by fireworks.
Natasha Alexander, Robert’s daughter, said two of her small children have been playing basketball at Municipal Park all around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 1 when an unknown automobile pulled up and began throwing fireworks at the teenagers.
The siblings acquired in their auto and fled but were being followed to their grandfather’s household fewer than two miles away.
“When my young children bought to the household they ran inside of,” Natasha Alexander reported. “The car or truck held circling and throwing fireworks. The next thing you know… it strike somewhere on our carport and the residence caught fireplace from there.”
At the time, eight individuals have been inside of the residence, according to the family. The youngest was 3 several years aged. All ended up capable to escape devoid of damage.
Robert Alexander was at work when he discovered about the fireplace from a coworker who has relatives that life nearby.
“When I came close to the corner that whole facet exactly where the automobiles had been was on hearth,” he claimed about what he saw when he arrived at his home sometime soon after midnight. “One of them was a 1978 Dodge Maxi Van. I experienced a refrigerator, bed and bar in it – all that things.”
According to the household, the fire burned through the night till about 5 a.m. the future early morning. Practically all the things inside of was misplaced together with irreplaceable household pictures like ones of Robert Alexander’s late wife and mother.
“They took everything from our spouse and children by just becoming carless and stupid,” Natasha Alexander stated through tears. “I never think they intentionally set out to established my dad’s dwelling on fire but currently being reckless the way they were being price tag him and my loved ones every thing.”
The Sumner County Sheriff’s Business office is investigating the bring about of the fire, Chief Deputy Aaron Pickard verified previous 7 days. No arrests had been manufactured as of Monday.
Robert Alexander, who had hoped to retire in December, stated he is not sure if he will now be capable to. He is presently remaining with a close friend though other users of the loved ones are remaining in spot hotels.
Though the household was insured, two of the motor vehicles that have been destroyed had been not protected, he extra.
A GoFundMe website page titled “The Alexander relatives house fire” has raised much more than $27,500 for the household considering that it was established on July 2. The objective was $7,000.
“It has been a legitimate blessing,” Natasha Alexander explained about the local community support for her household. “To see the frustrating volume of individuals that have arrived at out and treatment plenty of about my father and our tale is wonderful. My dad cried when he observed that everyone was going over and over and above to check out to assist him. Of training course, it does not carry back again anything at all like the recollections we misplaced, but it’s a fantastic start out.”