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Speedway family's home catches fire weeks before purchase

He and his mother were home Thursday morning in Speedway when he first noticed smoke in the house.

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WTHR) — Mark McCammon was so close.

“I was approximately probably 30 days from buying it. My next stage was supposed to get a home inspection on it,” said McCammon.

But instead of that inspection, McCammon is surveying what’s left.

“I still feel like I’m in disbelief from it all. I haven’t come to terms with it. I feel like I am in a dream when I look at it,” said McCammon.

He and his mother were home Thursday morning in Speedway when he first noticed smoke in the house.

“I started hearing something from the ceiling. It sounded like hail coming down or something crackling and popping,” said McCammon.

He feels fortunate they escaped with their lives but two weeks before Christmas, they have little else — no furniture, maybe a few clothes. It’ll be hard to replace his possessions.

“Unfortunately, there is no explanation to why I didn’t have renters insurance, which everyone should make sure they get renters insurance if they are renting because you never think this is going to happen to yourself, and I was counting on having mortgage insurance once we got the mortgage done. I never would think this would happen,” said McCammon.

Fortunately, the structure will be rebuilt, and he still wants the home. In the meantime, he is staying in a hotel, trying to explain the loss to his mother with dementia.

“Right now, she wants to come home," said McCammon. "She doesn’t even remember the fire, so it’s very difficult with that. I just want to get things back to normal so I can have my home back."

McCammon has a GoFundMe page to help replace items that were lost.