Fire destroys home just months after woman loses husband

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – An 81-year-old woman lost her home in a fire overnight just a few months after she lost her husband.

Two women walking by around 2:30am Tuesday saw the flames and called 911. A city worker stopped and knocked on the doorbut no one answered. Fox two photographer Bobby Hughes arrived before firefighters and tried to kick in the front doorbut it was locked tight.

Fortunately, Ardella Clark was not home. She was staying with her niece in St. Charles after the elderly woman’s husband passed away in October.

Clark had lived here since 1975.

No one was hurt, no one injured.

Her family members showed up on the scene and were stunned by what they saw.

Josephine Clark is Ardella’s daughter. “I don’t know what to think because she lost everything, pictures, everything, a lot of memories.”

Another daughter, Annie McLaurin, added, “It’s terrible. My mom had been here for a long time.”

Son-in-law Oscar Neal explained, “I’ve been a part of the family for a long time. It’s like part of me just been destroyed.”

Heat was so intense it melted the siding on the home next door.

At one point, firefighters had to evacuate because the roof was about to fall in.

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