The home of Colquitt County Sheriff's Deputy John Vickers was destroyed after it burned for about five hours Tuesday.
Five minutes is all it took for Deputy John Vickers to lose his house. Four fire departments battled a fire at his mobile home on Ellis May Road Tuesday. Many fellow deputies heard the call and rushed to the home, but firefighters couldn't beat the flames.
"Our first units were on scene within three to five minutes and it was pretty well totally engulfed upon arrival," said Chief James Sutton of the Ellenton Volunteer Fire Department. The sheriff's office is coming together behind who they call one of their best deputies.
Vickers has been a Colquitt County deputy for a little more than a year. "It's really a tragedy that this has occurred and it's affecting all of us and we are doing what we can to help him," said Lieutenant Randy Stephens of the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.
The department is asking other law enforcers and the community to help Vickers by donating money or supplies. "It's mainly financial because all the sudden you got to replace clothes, you gotta replace-- I mean everything. And where is that money going to come from? So it's really a financial burden," said Stephens.
Deputy Vickers couldn't save much. His clothes, pictures, memories and belongings are mostly gone. "He got some pictures, and I think he had a fire safe, and some valuables, but very little did he was he able to get out,"said Sutton.
It took firefighters over five hours to put out the fire. They're not sure how it started.
Anyone who wants to help Deputy Vickers can call the sheriff's business office at 229-616-7430 Monday through Friday, 8am to 5PM. You can also take items to the sheriff's office at 200 Veterans Parkway, in Moultrie.