Family burns home, hopes for fresh start after twister

Family burns home, hopes for fresh start after twister

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 18 at 1:42 AM

YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- There is little left to do now, but watch the flames.

“There’s no words to describe 17 years of your life, gone. But I have my husband and my son, so that's ok,” said Tracey Hudspeth. Her husband and son were inside the family’s home when the twister shredded it.

“All he had time to do was call my son and they met in the living room, hugged each other and they rode it out. Never made it to a closet, never made it to a bathroom,” said Hudspeth.

When it was over, almost nothing was left.

“We went through the house, got what we could and then once we got everything we just set it on fire and it went up in smoke. It took about five minutes,” she said.

Five minutes, and a lifetime.

“It’s heartbreaking. Especially when you’re 14-year-old is standing here watching his life go up in smoke. It’s just nothing now but ashes,” said Hudspeth.

But not for long.

“This is going to be our foundation for a new house. That’s all we can do. You gotta start new, have a fresh start,” she said.

Hudspeth's husband had some pretty bad bruises and her son said he felt like he'd just been through a car wreck. But incredibly, both are ok.

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