Fire destroys Augusta home; no one hurt

An Augusta woman lost her home – and almost her son – to a fire Monday afternoon.

Augusta-Richmond County firefighters responded to a structure fire at 4:19 p.m. in the 2500 block of Anthony Dejuan Parkway, Richmond County dispatch said.

Firefighters arrived to see a home engulfed in flames, and even the back door had burned off, Battalion Chief Thomas Whitener said.

Homeowner Lawanna Nugin said she was lucky she only lost the house. She was at work at the time and said a neighbor saw the flames coming from a bedroom and woke up her teenage son, who was asleep on the couch in the living room. Whitener said the family dog also escaped.

“Everything I have is gone,” Nugin said. “My kids have no clothes now.”

Whitener said the house was uninhabitable and was trying to get the family some help. He said the family has five children.

The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent. Fire investigators, four fire trucks and about 15 to 16 firefighters were called to the scene.

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