Videojournalist: Angela Fowler
Pittsylvania Co., VA- Around one a.m. on Saturday morning, a quiet neighborhood awoke to a vehicle crashing through a home on Whitmell School Rd. That crash started a fire in the home.
Residents never saw who was driving the 1999 Dodge Durango.
After seeing flames underneath the hood of the SUV, a resident immediately ran for the fire extinguisher, but it was not enough.
"My husband ran in the woods to get the hose that we had out there and came and was putting water on it until the trucks could come, and we never seen the person but we heard that he did leave and stole another vehicle," said Judy Widner, the homeowner.
Tunstall Fire & Rescue Officials say that the vehicle, a 1998 green Chevrolet S10, was recovered Saturday night by a neighboring Fire department.
Judy says that when the driver plowed straight through her deceased mother's room she lost more than part of her home.
"The room he went into was my Mother's. I had left it just like she had and I lost all of her stuff," said Judy Widner.
After the fire Widner also searched for her beloved 3-year-old Chihuahua "Roxy," but the dog didn't survive.
As of now State Police say the case is still under investigation and there are no suspects at this time.