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New Years Day fire destroys Lowndes Co. home

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LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

In Lowndes County, fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire that destroyed a home.

No one was hurt in the fire, but the family lost all their belongings.

"My room was right there." 13-year-old Nick West points out what used to his bedroom. Now just a pile of rubble he and his family will have to start all over.

"It was, probably the worst day of my life," said resident Kathy West.

Certainly not how any family would want to bring in the New Year, but Kathy says her faith is helping her get through the loss of her home.

"What the devil takes away the lord makes him pay it back a hundred times more, so I'm looking at that."

The West family spent New Year's Day celebrating with family from Florida at their Stewart Circle home. Just moments before the fire erupted they decided to cook out for dinner. Kathy and her husband Donny headed to the store and Nick stayed behind.

"He called me frantic saying the house was on fire. So I was hysterical. We had just been in there, we had just taken family pictures in there," said Kathy.

And the last member of the West family to make it out of the fire was their kitten, Izzy. A neighbor ran inside the home to rescue her.

"I was frantic, but once I found her, you know I was able to hold her and it was okay," said Kathy.

As for their home, Kathy said, "They told me yesterday that we wouldn't be able to salvage anything from my husband's and my bedroom."

Her son lost all of his belongings including his favorite Christmas present, a weight bench and a punching bag.

"As long as were all still alive and we're all still together as a family that's pretty much it, and that God has helped us through a lot of stuff and he will help us through this," said Nick.

If you would like to donate any clothing or money to the West family, the Ameris Bank on Inner Perimeter Road is collecting donations.

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