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"There was smoke and everything when I opened the door," says Sherrill. "It was too much smoke to go in and then it just went up."
Officials suspect the fire was sparked by a wood burning stove.
"I'll get through it as long as I have my kids, that's the most important thing to me," says Sherill. "My family, they'll support me and everything, too."
The days ahead will be difficult for this single mother of 2. Firefighters say it's a reminder to check your heating source before you tackle the winter chill.
"It's important before you light it for the first time in the cool weather to have it inspected," says Watertown Fire Department Lt. Corpus. "Make sure everything is in tact from the stove all the way through the exit of the house up through the roof."
"I just think God me and the kids wasn't in there," says Sherrill.
Sherrill is a cafeteria worker at Watertown Elementary School where her children attend school. She says she had a small amount of insurance and will be staying with family until she can get back on her feet.
Friday, November 2 2012, 07:46 PM CDT
State officials to hold seat belt campaign event
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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) -- The Governor's Highway Safety Office plans to announce its "Click It or Ticket" campaign on Friday.
The event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. at the Robertson County Courthouse in Springfield.
Nationally, statistics show seat belt use increased significantly in 2012 as compared to 2011 among drivers, right-front passengers and backseat occupants.
However, officials say more than 400 of Tennessee's crash fatalities last year involved unrestrained drivers or passengers.
The Governor's Highway Safety Office urges all motorists to buckle up.
Asia stocks extend losses after big sell-off
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stocks continued to retreat today after being routed the day before by unexpectedly weak Chinese manufacturing and fears the Federal Reserve will start withdrawing its monetary stimulus.
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