THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomasville fire and police officials were called to an RV park off Pinetree Blvd. just after midnight Tuesday morning, to put out fires that burned a pavilion and two recreational vehicles where people were sleeping.
Ronald McCall is behind bars charged with arson in the first degree and public drunkenness.
Fire investigators say that McCall set fire to a pavilion near two RVs last night, and the fire spread to the vehicles, destroying them, and killed a dog. The people who lived in the units got out safely.
Old family photos were all that one woman was able to save from her RV after a fire broke out around 12:30 Tuesday morning at the City of Roses RV Park, off Pinetree Blvd. "These are memories- these are priceless," said Robyn Kindred. "I jumped straight up off the bed, ran out the house, and it looked like the whole park was on fire. I didn't know what to think," she said.
You can still see smoke and some flames that remain after investigators believe Ronald McCall started a fire at the pavilion of the RV park. "People don't realize that," said Kindred. "They just think this is an RV park, but it's not. This is our home. We live out here."
The fire damaged two units, displacing families who have lived here for several years. "All you're thinking about is family, and pictures, and what you can save and who you can save. And who you're going to be with to make sure everybody's there," said Elizabeth Novak Coleman.
Thomas County firefighters said it took four units and a water tanker to control the flames. The State Fire Marshal's Office is currently investigating what started the fire. But tonight, residents are glad everyone is safe.
"I'm so grateful, and I'm counting my blessings. I know it's bad but it could have been so much worse. It's awful. God was watching over us last night," said Kindred.
McCall is charged with first degree arson and public drunkenness.