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Fire destroys family's holiday

December 28, 2003

Worth County -- A South Georgia family narrowly escaped a fire that destroyed their home.

Worth and Mitchell County fire-fighters stayed on the scene of a fire the started at one O'clock Sunday for several hours. Richard Fulghum and his wife smelled smoke coming from the hot water heater closet.

When they opened the closet doors smoke flooded the air and the closet was engulfed in flames. The couple grabbed their three pets and ran out of the house.

"All my kids Christmas gifts. I tried to throw what I could out the front door. They still caught fire and burned. It's just hard I'm just glad all these people around here cared," says Fulghum.

No one was hurt in the blaze. Fire officials have not ruled that the hot water heater was the cause of the fire. The couple and their children plan to stay with relatives.

posted at 7:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com