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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

December 14, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Two sisters are grateful that burnt siding and piles of blackened insulation were about the only major damage to their mother's mobile home after an afternoon fire Saturday.

And this was only the case because of the self-less act from a stranger. "We found out that there was a black man who thought my mother was in the house. He was just riding down the road, saw the smoke, and stopped, said Barbara Morey.

When that man found no one inside, he went to her neighbors to call 9-1-1. "The fire chief told us that if he had not stopped, and the fire was not seen in 30 minutes her house would have been gone," said Morey.

When firefighters got to the scene, they were able to contain the fire to the bottom of the home. "There was damage done, but she didn't lose any valuables. She didn't lose any memorable stuff," said Morey.

"That was a Christmas angel. That Christmas angel saved mama's house, saved mama's memories, saved her life," said Nancy Harp.

The back door to the home still lays in the yard. "The door is an out-swinging door. And the gentleman that actually knocked the door in; he actually kicked it inside, frame and all. So he meant business. He was going to go in there, and get my mother out if she was in there," said Morey.

And now both have one message for that mysterious man. "A big thank you and God bless you for doing what you did," said Morey.

"I would just tell him if he didn't realize that he was a Christmas Angel, he can realize it now because he is," said Harp.

The stranger wasn't the only one who acted. "We had another neighbor who also tried to go in. He went in three times looking for her," said Morey. But it was because of the unknown man that the fire was even noticed. "It was a blessing. That man coming through here was a Godsend."

Now they hope their message of thanks for attempting to save their mother and for saving the home they grew up in reaches him. The woman displaced in that fire did have insurance. And she is being cared for by family and her friends at Heritage Baptist Church.

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