By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor
Seeing fire and smoke in their Advance home, Darrin Essex knew that he and his wife, Misty, had time only to get out and call 911.
They escaped with their lives and little else.
Thursday morning the couple had just seen their three children off to school and gone back to sleep when “my wife, for some reason, woke up,” Essex said Tuesday.
Their 18-year-old daughter graduates this year from Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School; their 16-year-old daughter is a freshman. Their 10-year-old son is a fourth-grader.
“My wife works nights, and I’ve kind of gotten tuned in to her schedule,” Essex said. “We had both been asleep maybe all of half an hour.”
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