Hahira family displaced after weekend house fire

Hahira family displaced after weekend house fire
Sandra Fleener
Sandra Fleener

HAHIRA, GA (WALB) - A Hahira family continued to work to salvage what they could from their home Monday morning after a fire severely damaged the home late Saturday night.

The fire broke out in the bathroom of 116 Randall Street around 9 p.m. Saturday. Fire investigators have not been able to determine an exact cause.

"I smelled somethin' strange and I didn't really know what it was. I started lookin through the house tryin' to find out what was goin' on," said homeowner Sandra Fleener. Fleener lives at the home with her two daughters, but she was the only one inside at the time of the fire.

"So," Fleener continued, "I headed toward the back of the house to the bathroom and by then there were flames. I just grabbed [our two dogs] and got out of the house."

Friends, family, and community members have been offering the family clothes and anything else they can to help them. "Everybody just showed up so fast," recalled Fleener. "My neighbors were there and have just been very helpful, offering everything from food to clothing [and] housing."

The Red Cross has also been assisting the family. Fleener said despite her house being nearly destroyed, she's not stressing over the incident.

"It's in God's hands. He's takin' care of everything...I'm just really not experiencing any stress. I'm leavin' it in his hands and I'm comfortable with that," said Fleener.

She added that she has no intentions of abandoning their home. "This has been our home for the last ten years. So, it will be repaired," Fleener emphasized.

The home is currently unlivable. The fire department did not have an exact cost of the damages Monday morning.

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