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June 17, 2004

Calhoun County- At the age of 82, Martha Jenkins still tilled the soil and tended the flowers in the yard outside her home near Edison.

Now, all that's left of the house is some of the brick. An early morning fire destroyed everything, and took Ms. Jenkins' life. Jenkins' 83-year old brother and 26-year-old grandson tried to save her, but could not. They both got out of the home safely.

"We were always marveling at how well she got around. She didn't even look like she was 82," said Mary Hurst, a friend of Jenkins.

The garden wasn't the only place Jenkins worked. The Calhoun County Library now must go on without one of its best volunteers.

"She knew her job," said Hurst, who also volunteers at the library. "She'd been here a while and she got along with everybody."

Jenkins worked along these shelves, helping to keep the library running.

"When somebody was out, she kept everybody straight. She was a stickler for the rules."

 This Thursday will be the first one in years that Ms. Jenkins won't be working at Computer G, preparing her church's bulletin. And the first time in years this garden will be without the hands that helped it grow.

So far this year,  79 other Georgians have died in fires, 26 of them were children.  In our area, there have been fire fatalities in Albany, Camilla, Cordele, and Blakely, and Grady, Seminole, and Berrien Counties.

Here are a few safety tips--

  • Have enough working smoke detectors in your home
  • Don't smoke in bed and keep ligters and matches away from children
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher and make sure your family has a fire escape plan
  • During cold weather, use space heaters carefully and away from flammable objects.

updated at 10:30AM by brannon.stewart@walb.com