Arlington woman rebuilds after losing everything in house fire

Arlington woman rebuilds after losing everything in house fire
Vangeline Williams
Vangeline Williams

ARLINGTON, GA (WALB) - An Arlington woman is rebuilding her life after losing everything in a house fire. Even though Vangeline Williams lost almost everything, she says she's happy that she's safe and no one was injured.

Not much is left in Williams' home. It's an old house that had a lot of history in her family.

"You know I wasn't even born when this house was built. I talked with my uncle one day last week and he informed me that my grandmother and granddad built this house when he was eleven years old," said Williams.

Williams lost a lot of things, from her clothing to furniture.

Firefighters were able to save one of her most precious items. Williams took it as a sign that everything will be okay.

"Everything was destroyed except form my bible and that gives me confirmation that God said everything is going to be alright and I'm going to stand on his word," said Williams.

Vangeline Williams says she had just left her house for work on January 24, when she got the call that her home was on fire. Her son called her while she was driving.

"I'm just so grateful for family friends, people in the community, churches, organizations stepping in to help me because as you can see it was a total loss," said Williams.

It took everything Williams had to stay calm and drive back.

"I was just so upset I couldn't hardly go," said Williams.

Despite everything, she's grateful for everyone's help but has a long way to go.

"People in the community have been helping me so I've been buying uniforms and people have been giving me scrubs and I've been backwards and forwards from my mother's house in Damascus to my daughter's house," said Williams.

Williams says eventually she'll tear the house down, and put a mobile home in it's place. You find out how to lend Williams a hand, by calling her at 229-308-0436.

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