Fire destroys house as woman gives birth

By Lesley Hughes
star staff

  One of the happiest days of a young couple's lives was tarnished as their home burnt down while welcoming their first child into the world. Shortly after giving birth, Jesse and Kristy Cranford, were notified that every item they owned was lost in a house fire early Thursday morning.
  The 21-year-old husband and wife were living with his mother before moving into a place of their own. While living with Sandra Cranford, the couple had bought a mobile home and were waiting for the inspection before moving their belongings.
  Sandra did not have insurance on the house because of the remote location, 900 Arnoldtown Road, which she had lived in for over 23 years. Jesse's brother Adam, said the house was built by their father and "It's the house we were born and raised in."
  A week past her due date, Kristy went in for a check-up only to be told that the baby was in a low amount of amniotic fluid. She was induced on Wednesday and labored until 8:50 a.m. when baby girl Ciara Aleen was born, weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and 20-and-a-half inches long.
  Upon learning of the family's plight, Mountain States Health Alliance and friends of employees in Elizabethton and Kingsport organized a much needed baby shower for Friday at 11 a.m. Jesse said of the gifts for the baby, "We got lots of baby stuff. From what I can tell, we have everything we need for the baby."
  Unfortunately, Jesse, Kristy, and Sandra lost all of their clothes, shoes, and necessary items. The new mother and father are in need of basic items, especially clothing and shoes. Jesse wears 32x34 pants, large men's shirts, and size 12-and-a-half shoes. Kristy wears size small-to-medium shirts, size 6-8 pants, and shoes size 5-and-a-half to 6.
  If anyone would like to make donations, monetary, clothes, baby items, etc., to the family, they may do so at the Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club, 104 Hudson Drive, where Adam is employed, in the name of Jesse and Kristy Cranford. Jesse said, "To everyone who has contributed, we would like to say 'Thank You' from me and my family."