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December 2, 2003

Colquitt County - Three families trying to stay warm ended up with damaged or destroyed homes, all within seven hours of each other.

Around six Saturday evening, a mobile home on Highway 133 went up in flames and was destroyed. The renter, Javier David Aggiuer, got out safe. The fire was sparked by a faulty heater. The owner's girlfriend, Tina Brown, says, "We got home and that's what we go home to. The gentleman that rents from us said he came home and plugged in an electric heater and that was the result."

Five hours earlier, also in Colquitt County, a fireplace inside a home on Connell Road caught fire. Experts blame the wooden cross ties that were built too deep into the fireplace. Homeowners thank volunteer firefighters for putting out the fire quickly and saving the rest of the house.

Two hours after the mobile home caught fire, a fireplace inside a house on Darbyshire Road caused minimal damage. No one was injured, and the home was saved.

Firefighters warn residents to get fireplaces checked every year. Also keep heaters clear of items, especially curtains and blankets.

posted at 5:45PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com