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February 27, 2006

Moultrie - Lynn Brown's mother, 76-year old Bonnie Rigsby, suffered serious burns when their home caught fire early in the morning February 19th. She is being treated at the Augusta Burn Center, but doctors told Brown that her mother took a turn for the worse on Wednesday and is now in kidney failure.

Brown was the first one to wake up when she smelled smoke in her home. She quickly woke everyone up, but her mother wouldn't go outside right away. Brown's 14-year old son had to pull her out, but not before she was burned on her arms and face.

She says, "His hair was singed, but I think God's hands had to have been wrapped around him, because he was not hurt, while she was burned, he came out, and he pulled her as far as he could before the smoke overtook him."

Brown was renting the home, but did not have renter's insurance. Nothing inside is salvageable. Faculty and staff at C. A. Gray Middle School, where she works, have collected food and clothing for the family while they are looking for a permanent place to live.

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