Sabrina Wanamaker was having a Friday afternoon party for one of her children when she received the shocking news. Her home was on fire.
Her worst fears were realized when she rushed to her house on Swan Mill Road to find it completely engulfed in flames. The Viola-area home she shared with husband Chris and three children, ages 9, 8 and 6, is a total loss.
"This is tough to see because I know how much work they put into that house," said Brian Wanamaker, who is Chris' father. "They bought it for $500 and had it moved here about eight years ago. They probably put $50,000 into it to get it exactly how they wanted it. This is going to be tough."
A swingset in the backyard and a basketball by the side porch appeared to be among the few items on the property spared from the flames.
The fire was called into 911 by a neighbor and flames had already ravaged the structure by the time firefighters arrived on scene.
Sabina was having a party at Pioneer Playpit on South Chancery Street when she learned of the fire. Chris was at work. No one was at home at the time. The cause of the fire is unknown.