Historic Elmore Co. home destroyed in fire | News
ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA)- Up in smoke! There is nothing left of the 'Guest House' except the chimneys; charred, smoldering and one sad owner. The home was located on Highway 9 in Elmore County less than a mile before you cross into Coosa County.
"Many of my relatives really enjoyed the house," said Roy Granger.
Early Thursday around 4 in the morning a thunderstorm rolled through. A neighbor across the street who happened to be up at that hour on his front porch.. saw the bolt shoot out of the sky and strike the home. The neighbor told Granger it was more like an explosion! The heat was immense. Granger showed us a piece of melted glass that could easily fit in the palm of a hand. To Granger it resembled a small bird.
Roy Granger was born in the home in 1941. The 'Guest House' was often used as a backdrop for wedding photographs and a gathering place for Granger family reunions.
Mr. Granger showed us photos of what the home looked like. It was one story, heart of pine with an open carport to the side. The home originally sat on the edge of Highway 9 but Granger had it moved back about 300 feet so it would overlook the family pond.
Granger has many happy memories visiting his grandparents who lived in the home but also some sad ones. Granger's nephew requested to die in the 'Guest House' after a two-year battle with lung cancer. The very bed in which the nephew passed away is nothing more than twisted metal resting against one of the concrete pillars in the basement. The nephew died one year ago this past June.
"He just wanted to be in a peaceful place. He spent his last days in the front bedroom," said Granger.
Mr. Granger will more than likely rebuild but says the new place will be more like a rustic cabin for nothing can replace the 'Guest House,' and the very home filled with so many memories.
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