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Couple thankful they weren't home after car crashes into house, catches fire

John and Betty Stacy are thankful they weren't home on Monday when a car crashed into their house, catching fire. John and Betty Stacy are thankful they weren't home on Monday when a car crashed into their house, catching fire.
At that point, the car caught fire and it spread into the home. At that point, the car caught fire and it spread into the home.
Usually they both sit in the living room in chairs right where the car hit the home and caught fire. Usually they both sit in the living room in chairs right where the car hit the home and caught fire.
Betty said it is a wonder that the driver escaped with only moderate injuries. Betty said it is a wonder that the driver escaped with only moderate injuries.
Their three dogs were home at the time. They are still looking for one of the dogs. Their three dogs were home at the time. They are still looking for one of the dogs.
STE. GENEVIEVE, MO (KFVS) -

John and Betty Stacy were not home when a car hit their home and caught on fire on Monday afternoon in Ste. Genevieve.

Instead, they were at the doctor's office. A trip that probably saved their lives.

Betty Stacy usually drives to the doctor's office by herself. Her husband, John, decided this time to drive her there.

"My husband has stage four cancer and wasn't feeling very good but decided to take me anyway. I'm glad he did," she said.

Usually they both sit in the living room in chairs right where the car hit the home and caught fire.

"At first, when I heard the house was on fire, I was thinking, 'did I leave the stove on or something else?' I didn't know a car hit it," said Betty.

As you can see in one of the pictures, a chair is sitting along the wall where the car hit the home. The chair is burned to a crisp.

On Highway 32, there are a lot of hills and curves and not many places to pass a vehicle.

The 16 year old, of Farmington, was allegedly driving erratically on Highway 32. Troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said he tried to pass a tractor-trailer and saw an oncoming vehicle. When getting back into his lane, he lost control and went off the road where the car overturned and hit the home.

At that point, the car caught fire and it spread into the home.

Betty said it is a wonder that the driver escaped with only moderate injuries.

"If you saw the car, it was pulled out in pieces and was very badly burned," said Betty.

Betty and her daughter were at the house on Tuesday, looking through the back part of the house to see if they can find anything they could salvage. Betty said it's a total loss and the front part of the house might cave in.

Their dogs were home at the time.

"We have three dogs and found two of them. The other one, I hope, comes back home," Betty said.

Betty came home shortly after the crash with her five daughters. The daughters and their families were there to support her and her husband. Currently, the home is not able to be lived in, and they are living with one of their daughters.

"We have been here since 1979. We love it here. But we are too old to rebuild," said Betty.

She said there was a lot of pictures and items inside the house that she held dear to her heart and that cannot be replaced.

Betty said she tries to be in good spirits about what happened, and she is just focusing on getting their medication and living their life.

There has been a fund set up at the Belgrade State Bank in Farmington, Mo. called the John and Stacy fund for any donations.

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