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Family heirloom found in rubble of burned business

Priceless Family Heirloom Found in Rubble of Burned Business

A follow-up to a story we first brought you about a month ago. Detra Smith has been a hair stylist in the Moulton area for many years. But earlier this summer, someone broke into her salon and set the place on fire to cover it up.

Detra told us then that most everything in there could be replaced, except for just a few very personal items. It wasn't until the day after the fire that Detra even realized she'd been the victim of a theft.

The burglar tried to burn the small business down in an apparent effort to conceal the crime. Firefighters saved the building, but the area where she stored many of her personal items was scorched.

"The room where the fire really burned out everything is the room that, it was my art studio. I had a lot of my personal things there. My grandmother's Bible is in there, it's probably a hundred years old," Detra explained.

Detra figured everything in the small room was lost, and she was in no hurry to go through the ashes to confirm her fears. But a few days ago, she did and sure enough she would have to throw most of it away.

But on a shelf, behind a stack of charred books and papers, she found something very dear to her.

"Everything on the shelf was just black and ash. If it wasn't ash, it was melted and for some reason, this was protected," Detra said.

And there it was, on the shelf where almost everything else had been destroyed, her grandmother's old bible.

"It was a great find. I felt like my life was made that day."

Detra says the salon she operated for so many years will probably have to be torn down. But from the ashes she was able to save something very important, a loving record of her family's history as recorded in her grandmother's old Bible.

Within days of the fire, Moulton police and the state fire marshall's office arrested Ashley Nicole Liles and charged her with setting the business on fire. Liles remains in the Lawrence County jail where she's being held without bond.

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Mike August 23 2014 at 9:10 AM

The Bible has obviously been enchanted by elves.

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sunflower4405 Mike August 23 2014 at 6:59 PM

Have you ever heard the word 'Blasphemy'?
Do you know it's definition?

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Mike sunflower4405 August 23 2014 at 8:17 PM

Yes. Blasphemy would be worshipping a book instead of God.

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Eric Ferreira Mike August 24 2014 at 12:06 AM

This story is a waste of timer. The fact that her bible was not burned can be explained by somehow. However, nobody with technical knowledge was interviewed for this article to pr4ovide such explanation. So, lets just all act real stupid and say it was god who saved it. And thoise three kids across town who died the same night in a fire? No, god couldn't help them because he was busy with the salon job saving a book. Journalistic garbage at its finest.

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theomegaman72 August 23 2014 at 1:17 PM

Setting the place on fire to cover up a robbery ? makes no sense....sounds like a torch job for insurance

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mike August 23 2014 at 12:39 PM

So why is it so confusing to everyone that the word of God did not get destroyed by a fire? Maybe there is a statement being made here that is going over everyone's head. Just saying, food for thought?

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dripquick12 mike August 23 2014 at 12:45 PM

You are so correct>> Rememb er the three men that was thrown into a furnace ( I believe) and not a hair on their head was scorced?? If God can do that then why not save a Bible ? ?

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sunflower4405 mike August 23 2014 at 6:54 PM


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dollssafehaven August 23 2014 at 1:47 PM

Our home burned down over 35 years ago and we had . we had several cartons of precious items in the room where the fire began, miraculously three bibles were in there a couple were older than 50 years old, everything was ashes except for the three bibles, the firemen dragged the cartons to the side of the front yard, I said oh my peoople will probably gothrough them and make a horrible mess, the fireman took the three bibles and put one on the top of each box. and lo and behold they were still there undisturbed the next morning. also we had a statue of Christ, about 3 ft tall which stood by the side door, Only the soles and sides of His sandals were seared, Just one more way God reminds us of how Great He is.......

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Jesus Ramos August 23 2014 at 7:14 PM

Genetics and Cience proof The hole and full story of The bible is based in a story Impossible to ocurr,...Period.!!! Pergaps bible is a book full of contradictions,,,Google "contradictions in the bible" Google "Is there any proof that Jesus ever exist" ? NO. Period. =)

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userpat7248 Jesus Ramos August 23 2014 at 8:11 PM

Why? Because you don't beleive, therefore it is not true. Believe what you want and don't worry yourself about the believers, God will take care of us.

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MICHELLE Jesus Ramos August 24 2014 at 12:45 AM

Could you go learn English and grammar and then repost whatever you were trying to say? Jibberish is too difficult to follow.

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CAMERON August 23 2014 at 4:42 PM

Guess maybe time to take your bible. Home where it might be safer

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quincy_maxwell August 23 2014 at 1:18 PM

sheesh, lets just make a long story, longer.

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Isatie quincy_maxwell August 23 2014 at 10:08 PM

NO...it is something that happened and it is ment to be recorded..and it has....sorry we have people who believe in NUTTIN...

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chuck August 23 2014 at 10:56 AM

what lib did this?

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hattie54 chuck August 23 2014 at 12:43 PM

Duh.More like some bored teen punk.

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cathi August 23 2014 at 9:42 AM

Something fishy here. WHY would someone burn down the salon? Family heirlooms that survive a fire are an immediate tip off to fire investigators that ARSON may be involved.

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MICHELLE August 24 2014 at 12:48 AM

Obviously Grandma's Bible is Fireproof!

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