THOMSON, Ga. Sherry Sallywhite says she is counting her blessings.
She and her 1-year-old son, Eric, had to flee from their home on the 400 block of Fourth Street in Thomson about 11 a.m. after fire broke out in the kitchen and spread quickly to the remainder of the rented dwelling.
Im just so thankful to God we were able to get out alive, Ms. Sallywhite said.
Earlier, Ms. Sallywhite, a clerk at a local convenience store, said she had gone into the kitchen and placed a pan of grease on the stove to get hot.
I then went into the living room to get my telephone and by the time I came back, the stove was ablaze, Ms. Sallywhite said. All I could think about then was getting my baby and getting out of that house as quickly as I could.
Firefighters with the Thomson Fire Department battled intense flames and heavy smoke before extinguishing the fire.
The home sustained extensive damages.
Fire officials still are investigating the exact cause.
Ms. Sallywhite, her boyfriend and their son, currently have no place to call home.