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Ben Carlson
Firefighters prepare to enter a burning home Thursday evening on Alton Road.
Fire destroys Alton Road residence

A fire destroyed a woman’s home early Thursday night at 1636 Alton Road.

The owner, Sherry Perry, could only stand and watch as firefighters battled the blaze that burned her home and almost all of her belongings.

“I had only been gone about five minutes when it started,” Perry said as neighbors gave her comfort and hot coffee.

Perry said she was preparing to move out of the home and had just recently rented it.

“My furniture, clothes, TV and almost everything was still in there,” she said.