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Good Samaritan Donates Home To Cottontown Fire Victims

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by Shannon Royster

COTTONTOWN, Tenn. – Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, a husband, his pregnant wife, and their two children are no longer homeless. The family lost everything they owned to a house fire in Sumner County.

Tiffany Anders and her two children woke up to the smell of plastic burning Wednesday. Fortunately, they all made it out safely, but flames spread quickly and destroyed the whole home.

The home at the corner of Franklin Road and Highway 25 in Cottontown was fully engulfed when firefighters got on the scene around 7 a.m.

"It's a rental. We just lost everything. The kids just lost their Christmas. I've invested all my money this month into all that we shopped for yesterday, put everything underneath the Christmas tree, so it's a total loss for us and our family," said husband Joshua Anders.

After seeing the story on television, Harold McInturff decided to help. He and the Anders had never met, but he wanted to give them a place to stay until they could get back on their feet.

"I just thought I would come and offer my house because it just sat here for so long with nobody in it," said McInturff.

The Anders now have a two-bedroom home on the lake filled with furniture. McInturff also said he would take care of the family's utilities bills.

When Tiffany Anders first saw her new home Friday she was thankful. 

"I just couldn't believe it. It goes beyond all my expectations," she said. "It just amazes me that there are people like Mr. Harold who are willing to do things like this for my family."

McInturff also surprised the Anders with a gift of $200 to spend on new Christmas presents for their children.  

If you would like to help, the Cottontown General Store has been taking donations for the Anders. A fund has been set up at Volunteer State Banks in the name of Rachel Barnes for the benefit of her sister, Tiffany Anders.

Email: sroyster@newschannel5.com

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