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Family counts blessings after fire destroys home

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A family is coming together in thanks after a fire ripped through their home.


The owners got out of that burning home safely Sunday night. On Monday they went through the charred rubble.

Jimbo and Kay Pace showed incredible courage as they picked through the remains of their home, which has been in their family for more than 40 years. Telling people how blessed they are.

There were no tears. In fact, Jimbo and Kay Pace had smiles for all their friends and family this morning, as they went through what is left of their home.

 Is there anything left? Jimbo Pace said "We are.  We are going to start over.  And looking forward to it."

Kay Pace was raised in this home.  Raised her two sons here.  Monday morning she said they are thankful.

 Kay Pace said "We do feel blessed that our whole family and our 3 dogs are safe.  Just thank you to the fire department and God."

She and her husband had just a week and a half ago completed a huge remodeling of  the kitchen and living room.  Last night a funny odor moved throughout the house. Smoke alarms started to sound.

 Jimbo Pace said "It was just a light haze in the house. So we started looking in the attic. Started looking around, and there is a room back here. When I opened the door flames just shot out."

The fire roared into the attic, and engulfed the roof quickly. The home was a total loss. But on Monday family found items that Kay called treasures.

Kay Pace said "I just found out that most of our pictures were salvaged of our children. And that was the main thing I was torn up about."

Family and friends came to help do what they could this morning. Jimbo and Kay did not talk about the loss- only the good.

Jimbo Pace said "We're very blessed. Nobody hurt. All my pets are safe. I got both my sons and my wife all there. So we're in great shape."

The Paces know they have a big cleanup job ahead, but say the job will be easier because they are all safe to face the chore.

The Pace's said what was important to them was to send out thanks to all their friends, neighbors, and just people driving by, who stopped to help them during the fire, and to the Albany Fire Department.

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