Fire leaves Thomson couple homeless

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THOMSON, Ga. – A man and his girlfriend are now homeless after fire swept through their single-wide mobile home, just outside of Thomson on Wednesday night.

“I was just fixing to go to bed,” said Rhonda Wallace, shivering in the cold night air as tears streamed down her face.

Her boyfriend, John Rogers, an employee of Steve Perdue Homebuilders of Thomson, said after he got home from work the couple ate supper and then visited Ms. Wallace’s aunt nearby.

A neighbor reportedly saw flames and smoke coming from the couple’s home shortly after 8 p.m.

More than a dozen firefighters with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services responded to the fire at 1745 Nathan Rogers Road. After arriving, they found heavy flames and immediately began laying hose and hooking to nearby fire hydrants for water.

The fire caused extensive damages to the older mobile home, owned by Mr. Rogers’ father, Ollie. The couple had lived there for the past four years.

“We’ve lost everything,” lamented Mr. Rogers, while sitting on the rear bumper of a fire engine.

Mr. Rogers said he believes the fire may have started in a bedroom where a space heater was located and had accidentally been left on all day on Wednesday.

The actual cause of the blaze remains under investigation, according to McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services Assistant Chief Stephen Sewell.

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WMartin
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WMartin 11/05/09 - 09:36 am
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AC: Is there a church or

AC: Is there a church or agency taking donations to help this couple? Please inform readers if you find out.

sunnyday
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sunnyday 11/05/09 - 01:10 pm
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Yes, please let us know. I'm

Yes, please let us know. I'm sure there are people who are more than willing to help these folks get back on their feet.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/05/09 - 03:33 pm
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How about as wedding presents

How about as wedding presents for them?

tpianos
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tpianos 11/05/09 - 05:12 pm
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Just give us an address to

Just give us an address to send something to help these poor people out.

AugustaJackson
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AugustaJackson 11/05/09 - 05:33 pm
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Red Cross, Salvation Army and

Red Cross, Salvation Army and other area organizations should be able to help these folks. And most of us could help with food and warm clothing if an address was given.

soldout
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soldout 11/05/09 - 06:17 pm
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Fiat Lux; very good

Fiat Lux; very good observation. I wondered if anyone would notice the other problem they have in addition to the fire.

sonic_imperial
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sonic_imperial 11/05/09 - 11:34 pm
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any updates on where to

any updates on where to donate?

ForHim
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ForHim 11/06/09 - 01:47 pm
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Fiat and Soldout ... wonder

Fiat and Soldout ... wonder if anyone would notice the problem you have ... I believe you could describe it as callousness, meanness, nasty, unkind, cruel .... well, I think you get the picture. Sweep your own back door first.

soldout
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soldout 11/06/09 - 10:24 pm
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ForHim when you help someone

ForHim when you help someone you need to really help them and meet all their needs; otherwise it is like restoring a classic car to like new and pushing it off a cliff.

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