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Fire wipes out family possessions

Donovan Adkisson Donovan Adkisson
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

A community is coming together to help a Tift County family who lost everything in a weekend house fire.

This is all that's left of the home that Randy Meadows and his family were renting.

Tift County fire officials responded to the fire on Chula Brookfield Road shortly after 5am Sunday.

Now Meadows' friends like Donovan Adkisson are stepping up to help. "I don't know what it would be like to be suddenly running out of the house, making sure everybody is ok. But then realizing that I've just lost practically everything that I've had in my life," said Adkisson.

Meadows believes the fire began from hot coals that were left in the grill on his back porch.

He, his wife and two children got out safely, but the home is a complete loss. And they don't have renter's insurance.

"Ultimately the important part is the fact that you got your health, nobody was injured. But I was just like well, what can I do to help? And that was my first thought. And that's the reason that I went with the gofundme page," explained Adkisson.

Adkisson is helping raise money for the family and says the response from the community has been overwhelming. "To me the real heroes of all this are all the people that have come out and supported it and given as little as $10 and there's some that have given 100, some 500."

While Adkisson is hoping to raise $5,000, he says any amount will help. The family is currently staying with relatives.

To donate, click on the link below:

http://www.gofundme.com/randyandfamily

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Tift County fire officials say they got  the call just after 5:00AM Sunday, about a fire at Randy Meadows' home, located at 3111 Chula Brookfield Road.  

Meadows says his 15 year-old who was sleeping on the couch woke him up when he smelled smoke. Then they called 911.

Everyone made it out of the home safely, but the home is a complete loss.   

Meadows believes the fire started from hot coals that were left in the grill on their back porch.    They were renting the home and are now staying with family.  

We'll have more on how friends are helping raise money for the family.

 

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