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Single Ashburn mother has home burned down

The family has been cleaning up this weekend. The family has been cleaning up this weekend.
The hole was created to help put out the fire The hole was created to help put out the fire
Shawana Chevers looking out to her dismantled home Shawana Chevers looking out to her dismantled home
Chevers plans to have the home fixed up by Friday Chevers plans to have the home fixed up by Friday
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) -

Friday morning Shawana Chevers was inside her home when it was set on fire.  Three days later, she's worried for her life because no arrests have been made.

"The Lord just woke me up to the smoke," the Ashburn native recalled. "So when I woke up, I thought I was in a dream."

At 6 AM Friday, Shawana Chevers woke up inside her burning home. The single mother of three was alone at the time, and she took action immediately.

"I ran outside, tried to put my house out, then I called 9-1-1."

Investigators say an arsonist poured flammable chemicals under the house to start the fire.  Firefighters were on the scene for four hours. "Whatever he poured up under there," Chevers said. "It took them a lot to put my house out. Every time they put it out it'll start back."

Ashburn Police are currently investigating and tell us they are looking at a person of interest.  

Chevers says she's upset with the progress of the investigation. "The two people I thought were the suspects, they didn't go question them at all. They come and question me. Like I told them, what reason do I have to set my house on fire, I don't have no house insurance."

What she does have is resilience. Chevers and her kids are restoring the house, and they have made solid progress over the weekend.

"Tomorrow I will have my vinyl side put back, and I will start back painting, and hopefully by Friday I'll have everything back up and running." She is still staying at her home, and is stressing she is not looking for any help or assistance from anyone.

"Cause I always been a one-woman army myself. And I thank God for just keeping me, and keeping my kids. Cause I got kids here, I got grand kids here." Chevers is dealing with a flurry of emotions, one of the strongest is confusion.

"Who would think that you would try to kill someone. Aint nothing I did to anyone in Turner County that bad enough to want to take my life."

The investigation is on-going. If you have any information Ashburn Police ask you call them at 229-567-2323.

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