Shoals Residents Lose Everything In Labor Day Blaze

(SHOALS) – Two Shoals residents lost everything including their two dogs in a blaze on Labor Day.

The Shoals Fire Department was called to the 14000 block of State Road 450 in Shoals after a report of a mobile home fire just before 1:30 p.m.

A firefighter prepares to cool down on Monday afternoon following a blaze on State Road 450 north of Shoals.

The fire department battling the blaze among warmer temperatures. Firefighters were cooled down by emergency medical service personnel from the Martin County Ambulance Service.

No one was injured in the blaze Monday afternoon.

Julie Tharp and Amanda Danelridge were not home when the blaze broke out.

“I have lost everything, including my two dogs,” said Tharp.

Tears flowed down Tharp’s face as she described losing all her mother’s things who recently passed away.

“Those things cannot be replaced, no matter what,” said Tharp.

Shoals Assistant Fire Chief Jeffery Dorsey talks with mobile homeowner Julie Tharp after she loses everything including two dogs in the fire.

“I did not have insurance and I will be needing help with clothing and trying to find a place to stay,” said Tharp.

The family will reach out to the American Red Cross in order to find accommodations until they can find another place to live.

Tharp has lived in the mobile home for the last eight years and said she is just trying to figure everything out at this time.

Anyone wishing to help the Shoals residents can do so by donating the following clothing.

Julie Tharp

  • Shirt Size – 3X
  • Pants – Pajama Style, or Stretch Pants Size 2X
  • Shoes – 7 1/2 and high top style

Amanda Danelridge

  • Shirt – Extra Large
  • Pants – Size 13
  • Size – 8

In order to donate furniture, clothing, and other related items you can contact her daughter Natasha at 812-929-6273 to coordinate drop off of these items.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office will be looking at the fire sometime Tuesday to determine the cause of the fire.

The Shoals Fire Department was assisted by Martin County Fire & Rescue, Martin County Sheriff’s Department, and Martin County Ambulance Service.