Fire claims Thomson home

William Krepps, 16, was the only person home at the time of the fire. He said he was able to save the family's pets before escaping the blaze, which began as a grease fire in the kitchen.

THOMSON --- A fire destroyed the home of Richard and Carol Krepps on the 200 block of Milledge Street on Wednesday afternoon.

The blaze began as a grease fire in the kitchen. Although firefighters with Thomson Fire Rescue responded immediately, they were unable to keep the fire from overtaking the back part of the house and the attic. Close to 2:20 p.m., the roof collapsed and the fire was moving to the front of the house.

Sixteen-year-old William Krepps was the only person home at the time. The Thomson High School junior said he was able to escape and save the family's two dogs, a Chihuahua and a golden retriever, while he waited for firefighters to arrive.

Milledge Street, which was blocked off during the fire, consists of many historic homes, built in the 1800s. William said his family's home is "so old, it's not even in the Thomson city records." The Krepps have lived there for four years.