An early morning fire Tuesday morning left two mobile homes in Ankeny destroyed.
Despite losing everything to the flames, one homeowner says she still feels lucky.
It was the middle of the night and Terry Triggs was getting ready to let her dogs out when she realized her garage was on fire and it was spreading quickly.
“I was scared on getting out because I thought I was going to have to crawl through a window but we got out the front door and went next door,” says Triggs.
Triggs’ daughter and two grandchildren were staying over but everyone was able to get to safety.
The fire quickly moved from the garage to Triggs’ home and the neighbors’ home.
“The fact that everyone is alive and well that’s the most important thing,” says Triggs.
Ankeny Fire and Rescue crews say the fire took a couple of hours to get under control, leaving little behind in its path.
“When I saw my bedroom and that’s when it really hit me it’s just a shell and it’s four feet away from the garage,” says Triggs.
The fire destroyed Triggs’ home but remarkably several photos lay untouched from the fire. Still she says so many items are lost that are simply irreplaceable.
“It was sad but I realized those are just things, memories yes it’s sad because I can’t replace those but I still have them in my mind,” says Triggs.
Triggs is no stranger to overcoming obstacles.
Eight years ago she beat breast cancer and just like that, she’s confident she will come out stronger from this.
“You have to keep going and yes it is unfortunate but I’ll manage,” says Triggs.
The Ankeny Fire Department says both mobile homes are a total loss, with approximately $200,000 in damages. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
A fund has been set up to help Triggs.
Donations are being accepted at any Community Choice Credit Union for the “Terri Triggs Fund.”