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Decatur Co. family, pony left homeless by fire


Donald Grubbs, Jr., Brenda Grubbs, and their family are trying to find a new home. Their home on Old Eldorendo Road was destroyed by a fire Saturday night.

"It was right over my children's room and this was an old house and the ceilings were 12 feet high and you couldn't smell any smoke in the house," said Brenda.

The Grubbs say they had just cleaned out the chimney and taken care of other fire safety measures.

Firefighters believe the fire started after an ember from the fire place went up the chimney and landed on pecan leaves that had piled up on the roof. 

"We did everything that we thought to make it safe, but they said one of the embers went up the chimney and landed on some pecan leaves on top of the roof and we never really thought of sweeping the roof off," said Brenda

The Grubbs say the house, between Bainbridge and Colquitt, was over 100 years old. No one was injured from the fire, but the Grubbs lost everything they owned. 

"Don't get me wrong, I'm very thankful none of my children or my grandchildren's lives were taken, but that's just everything we had. And we've been together since we were 13 and 14 so we had a lot of memories," said Brenda.

Their pony had to be rescued from the back yard of the house.

More than a half dozen fire trucks from multiple agencies responded to the scene.

"Anybody that was there that night, we thank you so much. The fire departments, Decatur, Miller County. Just everybody that was there."

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting the family with clothes and temporary living arrangements.


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