The home of Christiaan Garner and Ashley Backus was destroyed by fire last Tuesday. (Photo courtesy MCES)

The home of Christiaan Garner and Ashley Backus was destroyed by fire last Tuesday. (Photo courtesy MCES)

A Montpelier Springs Road couple is without a home after fire gutted it last Tuesday morning, Sept. 15. 

Christiaan Garner and his fiancee Ashley Backus were inside when the fire began but both got out with their dog and no one was hurt.

By the time Monroe County firefighters arrived, the 2,200 square-foot home was fully involved. MCES Chief Matt Jackson said the dog alerted the couple to the blaze, and they exited and called 9-1-1.

Jackson said the fire started in the attic and was believed to be a result of an electrical malfunction. He said there is nothing suspicious about the blaze.

Jackson said he and 10 other Monroe County firefighters responded to the fire, and the Georgia Fire Academy and Lamar County firefighters provided water tankers.

“Tuesday was literally the worst day of our lives,” Garner posted on Facebook. “Not only did we lose our house but Ashley unfortunately lost her grandmother the same day. So needless to say we are stressed to the max.”

Garner said the house is totaled and there wasn’t anything that could be salvaged: 

“I want to thank every fireman that came out to put out the fire, especially my friends Michael (Cobb) and Carson (Rowland) because they searched found Ashley’s engagement ring and another ring that her grandmother gave to her. I can’t even describe the feeling of watching the first home I bought, the house that myself, Ashley and each of our families put so much work into, burn down to the ground. I don’t cry very often but I couldn’t help it, thinking of all the good times and plans that we had for the house.

At the end of the day I am grateful we got out without a scratch. I’m thankful for all the amazing people we have that have already done so much for us. We still have a long road ahead of us. We did have insurance, but as everyone knows there are deductibles for everything and we are trying to figure out how to handle those. We will get through this.

Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run but not grow weary, they will walk but not be faint.”