John Rollins vividly recalls what he saw from a school bus window in 1958.
Rollins, 10 at the time, was on his way home from school. When the bus stopped to allow members of the Gay family to exit, they found something tragic at their home. The Heath Gay home, on present-day Shiloh-Unity Road, was ablaze.
“The fire was so hot, you could feel the heat on the bus,” Rollins said. “We really weren’t there long, but that’s what I remember.”
The house was destroyed, but no one was killed, Rollins said.