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Lowndes Co. house fire sends one man to the hospital

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What remains of Toby Gandy's house on Hardee Drive in Lowndes County What remains of Toby Gandy's house on Hardee Drive in Lowndes County
Toby Gandy (Standing, right) with his wife and two children Source: "Help For The Gandys" Toby Gandy (Standing, right) with his wife and two children Source: "Help For The Gandys"
Toby Gandy's truck was also destroyed in the fire Toby Gandy's truck was also destroyed in the fire
Paige Dukes Paige Dukes
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A pile of charred wood and bricks is all that remains of the home at 6135 Hardee Drive in Lowndes County.

26 year old Toby Gandy was inside with his two children Wednesday night when a fire broke out in the kitchen just before seven p.m.

"Whenever firefighters arrived on scene, there was smoke and flames visible in what turned out to be the kitchen area. The fire was contained to that end of the structure," explained Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes.

Gandy's two children were able to get out unharmed, but Gandy suffered burns to his arms, legs, and the palms of his hands, serious enough he had to be flown to a hospital in Gainesville, Florida.

"Neighbors said it was in the field directly across the street from the house where the helicopter landed and air lifted 26 year old Toby Gandy to Shands Hospital.

None of the neighbors or family members wanted to go on camera, but one neighbor fought back tears as she explained that Gandy and his wife had just finished using their tax return to repaint inside and buying new furniture.

Dukes, who is also a firefighter herself, says this is an unfortunate reminder of how easy it is for cooking to get out of hand.

"Just make sure that you're aware of what you're doing when you're cooking and that you don't leave your stove or your oven unattended," Dukes said.

A web site called "Help For The Gandys" www.gofundme.com/Fund-Link-for-the-gandys has been started to raise money for Gandy and his family.

So far, over two thousand dollars have been raised.

Gandy is expected to return home sometime tonight, back to the family, friends, and neighbors that care deeply for him and his family.

Donations to the Gandy Family can also be made at any First State Bank or by calling Courtney Heikell at 229-269-7466 or Jessica Joiner at 229-412-4563.

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