GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — A mother and her three young children are without a permanent roof over their heads in Geneva.

Fire destroyed the family’s three-bedroom home and claimed their pet dogs. It’s a story you’ll see only on WDHN.

At around six o’clock Saturday night, flames consumed a three bedroom, wood-frame house at the intersection of Whitney street and Maple avenue.

Fortunately, Denita Boutwell and her three young children ranging in age from five-to-eight were not inside. But, flames did kill two pet dogs.

The children’s father, Caleb Kealoha, who doesn’t live at the residence but was on scene when WDHN News arrived, said that he believes a family member started the blaze. It has left the kids and the mother without a home. Seven-year-old, Elizabeth has several health issues and is on feeding tubes.

“Because she doesn’t eat. She lost all her medical supplies. We lost everything we worked for. I mean this house was fully furnished, everything we have worked for. Everything the kids needed, the mom needed,” Kealoha said.

Geneva Police Chief Pepper Mock told WDHN News his department is working with the Alabama Fire Marshal’s office and looking into the details trying to determine if they have a case of arson.

“We have children, of course if we have anyone involved,” Mock said. “But if it proves not to be an accident and it is arson, that just makes it a little more terrible.”

Geneva police are in the process of interviewing witnesses, and a possible person of interest in the case.

The children’s mother and her three children ages five, seven, and eight years old lost everything in
the house fire. If you can help, the family says you can contact Denita Boutwell at 334-360-3427.