Whitesburg KY

Fire destroys home of Payne Gap family

Several businesses, churches and civic organizations have been busy trying to salvage Christmas for three Letcher County children whose home was destroyed by fire.

The Payne Gap home of Robert and Melissa Mullins burned last week after a bed caught fire while a three-year-old child was playing with a lighter the boy had found.

Melissa Mullins suffered second degree burns on her wrists and feet while she was trying to extinguish the blaze, which started around 12:30 p.m. on December 13.

The couple have two other boys in addition to the threeyear old. One is two and the other is ten.

Several businesses, churches and civic organizations, including Toys for Tots and TECO Coal Company, have given donations and presents to the Mullins family.

“The outpouring has been good,” said Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens. “A ton of people have taken clothing and gifts.”

“Some of these are people we don’t even know,” said Melissa Mullins.

Robert Mullins is employed by Southwest Tool Rentals in Norton, Va. The couple are currently living with his mother, Belva Mullins, who lives next door to where their house was located. Donations can be sent to 152 Bellaire Drive, Jenkins, Ky., 41537.

“Maybe God had a plan for us,” said Melissa Mullins. “Maybe He had something for us other than what we had.”

The two- and three-year-old boys wear size 3T baby clothes and size 9 baby shoes. The 10- year-old wears size 10 pants (slim), shirts size 8/10, and size 3 shoes. Mrs. Mullins wears size 3 pants, small shirts, and size 6 shoes.

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