3 beloved pets perish in blaze
home destroyed by fire
Wanda English Burnett
home of Cecil and JoAnn Arnold was completely destroyed by fire
last Thursday morning, July 7.
The couple have made their home at 600 Hickory Lane in Milan for
the past six years where they enjoyed life with their three little
The Arnolds were still tearful about losing their beloved pets
on Monday of this week when Cecil told The Versailles Republican
he could replace almost anything else, but his little teacup
he had lost forever.
The couple was mourning the loss of Selena, who was nine years
old; Bella, who was just eight months old, and Vae, just 10 months
old. Vae was named after JoAnns mother, who she lost last
year. They were like children to us, JoAnn noted.
On the morning of the fire, the couple had left for work at their
respective times as usual. What they didnt know was that
danger lurked in the ceiling fan of a back bedroom and would later
spark the blaze that saw four fire companies responding: Milan,
who was assisted by Sunman, Delaware and Moores Hill fire departments
The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
The Arnolds are thankful for the support of the Milan community,
the firemen who responded, and everyone who has shown concern.
Everyone has been just great here, JoAnn noted. Family
has been supportive with JoAnns sister bringing her little
dog, Taco, over for the couple to love. Taco is a pup of Selenas,
who died in the fire. The couple has raised 15 litters of Chihuahuas
and enjoys the company of the little friends.
While JoAnn is sad to lose her collection of Boyds Bears
and Longaberger and Cecil hated to lose a collection of swords
and knives, the couple says the hardest part is losing their pets.
We can replace most everything else, they agreed.
The Arnolds have a fifth wheel camper they are living in on the
property for now. They love the Milan area and hope to rebuild
soon in the same spot.
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Pictured above the Arnold's beautiful
bedford stone home was destroyed by fire last Thursday.
Pictured below are one of the rooms showing the inside damage
from smoke and water. The Arnolds are thankful to be alive
as they mourn the loss of three of their pets.