Family loses clothes, Christmas gifts in fire

Family loses clothes, Christmas gifts in fire

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Residents are coming to the aid of a family who lost everything in a fire earlier this week. The city's fire department is taking donations for the family to deliver in the near future.

"I lost everything I had. Everything," Ashley Lewis said. "We were just outside with our sleeping clothes on. No shoes, no socks, no nothing."

An early morning fire swallowed the mobile home on Curtis Street Tuesday morning. Lewis woke up coughing and saw black smoke flowing into her room.

"I got up and I went in the hallway at the room door to see what I could see and I seen a bunch of flames and when I got to the kitchen all I seen was fire," said Lewis.

Clothes, wallets, keys, and even Christmas presents lost to the fire. Family and friends are already doing what they can to help--sending money, clothes, and anything else that can help this family in need.

"I really didn't know I was going to get this much help and I didn't know this many people actually cared about me and my family. So I greatly appreciate everything," said Lewis.

The Sylvester Fire Department is adding to that- taking donations for the family. It's something the city and county fire departments both do for those in need.

"We're a close knit county-community. In times of losses and things like that, we try to jumpstart the victims and all," said Battalion Chief Ray Salter with the Worth County Fire Department.

And it's a sentiment echoing in Lewis's own neighborhood.

"I'll do anything to help them out," said neighbor Eric Reed.

It's help she and her family will need.

"Right now, I'm just taking it a day at a time. Trying to regroup and get everything back organized and together," said Lewis.

The Sylvester Fire Chief was not in town Thursday but he said the help they are able to offer is a testament to the support from the community.

Residents can drop off donations at the Sylvester Fire Department.

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