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Fire destroys Dearing mobile home; owner escapes uninjured

Jean Williams looked at her fire-ravaged home Saturday night and said she had her life and that was all that was important.


A McDuffie County firefighter works inside the smoldering mobile home of Jean Williams.
Photo by Jim Wallace
"To be honest, as far as things I will really miss- there were some pictures that can't be replaced. But I'm alive. I have that, and that's enough," she said.

Ms. Williams said she went to dinner at close to 8:25 p.m. and was notified close to 30 minutes later that her home at 3372 Mitchner Road, Dearing was up in flames.

"I had only been at the restaurant a short time when my brother called and said my house was on fire," she said.

Ms. Williams said she will now live with her mother who resides close by.

According to McDuffie County Fire Services Assistant Chief Stephen Sewell, two units from Happy Valley and one from South McDuffie responded to the 8:51 p.m. fire at the modified single-wide trailer where Ms. Williams was the sole resident.

Next-door neighbor William Thigpen said his friend Mary Lee Minus saw the flames through a window in Mr. Thigpen's home.

"She called 911 while I ran over and kicked in the front door. I saw there was nothing I could save," said Mr. Thigpen, whose home was nearly 100 yards away from Williams'.

Asst. Chief Sewell said the cause of the fire was still under investigation at press time.

Web posted on Friday, June 11, 2004

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Temperature:53° F
Wind:from the W at 5 MPH
Visibility:10 miles
Dew Point:53° F
Updated: 04-Nov-2010 10:01

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