Fire spurs Samaritans

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On Feb. 5, neighbors and I had an opportunity to witness a blessing as a result of a tragedy.

A neighboring family lost their home in a house fire. What was amazing was the quick response by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, the North Augusta Fire Department, volunteers from the Belvedere Fire Department and perhaps others. Their teamwork and professionalism were appreciated by all of us.

There were many other caring individuals who provided assistance in numerous actions, such as bringing cases of water for the firefighters and police. Teachers from the daughter’s school came to check on her and bring breakfast for the family. The neighbors who came to the family’s side, along with others in the neighborhood and their church, all offered their assistance in many ways.

Food, clothing and necessary toiletries were brought to them before mid-afternoon. South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. staff were there in the morning, and so were other individuals who showed up to put tarps in place on the house next door that was damaged because of the heat from the fire.

We also want to extend our thanks to the American Red Cross for its assistance, and to all who sent out prayers for the family. The compassion shown by the reporters from the various TV stations was remarkable – not only in how they approached the situation, but how they reported their stories.

I am sure I have missed someone, and I apologize for the oversight. Just know that if you were on-site on Bridle Path Road in Bergen Place, your presence and assistance were not lost.

What we witnessed as a result of the tragedy was astounding. We thank God the family was not injured and for keeping everyone safe in the organized chaos.

Nina J. Raeth

North Augusta, S.C.

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deestafford 02/10/14 - 11:04 am
What?!! No local people...

What?! No local people standing around saying someone should call Washington, DC and have the government do something?

People really taking responsibility for helping out their neighbor without the government is what this country is all about. The actions of the residents of North Augusta are what many of us consider to be the backbone of this country...not people sitting on their rear waiting for the government.

Excellent response by the Fire Department and law enforcement shows what local people do to protect their community of friends and neighbors.

corgimom 02/10/14 - 09:53 pm
Deestafford, this remark

Deestafford, this remark "What?! No local people standing around saying someone should call Washington, DC and have the government do something?: is inappropriate, not to mention absurd.

This is about a family who has suffered a terrible personal tragedy, and for you to say that isn't helpful at all. This trauma will affect them for years.

I am just grateful that nobody lost their life in that fire, and that they were helped by so many people. They have a horrific trauma to overcome, and your remarks about Washington isn't what they need to see. They have lost their home, their personal possessions, and many irreplaceable family treasures. And their stress and trauma isn't over, they will be uprooted for months.

And you want to chat about Washington and the government. REALLY???

My prayers are with the family, that they will find peace from this tragedy and be able to move on from this.

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