Neighbor describes trying to save Harriman woman from deadly house fire

Harriman firefighters and investigators were still on the scene Tuesday afternoon a day after a Harriman woman frantically tried to save her neighbor from a burning home.

HARRIMAN (WATE) – Harriman firefighters and investigators were still on the scene Tuesday afternoon, a day after a Harriman woman frantically tried to save her neighbor from a burning home.

The family of Frances Ann Snow, 65, says the fire started at 11:45 a.m. Their grandmother was found dead near the back door.

Next door neighbor Heather Powers made the 911 call for help.

Frances Ann Snow (source: family)
Frances Ann Snow (source: Family)

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“All of a sudden I heard a noise, a knock on the door from a lady hollering that the house next door is on fire, I said, ‘Okay, I’m calling them.'”

While waiting for help, Powers knew that Snow was inside the home. She tried saving her, but wasn’t able to get inside the home.

“There was a lot of smoke coming out of the house, even the top. There was a lot of smoke coming out of the roof and the door. When you opened it you couldn’t see. It was dark,” Powers said.

She says she saw Snow outside about an hour before the fire started, but she knew Snow had gone back inside her home.

Heather Powers
Heather Powers

“I mean, I was right there under the roof as you can see it’s falling down. I wasn’t thinking at the time. I just wanted to go in there and get her and hollering and screaming and telling the firefighters there is a woman in there.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Harriman fire chief says it appears accidental.

The house was owned by Snow’s daughter Shannon Allison. Allison’s two young children also lived in the home.

Allison says she lost everything and does not have insurance. If you would like to help the family, you can call Allison at (865) 387-7099, or drop off donations to 124 Douglas Avenue in Rockwood.

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