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Woman, cousin left displaced after fire guts home

A Thomson woman and her cousin have been displaced after a fire gutted most of their home on West Street on Monday afternoon.

Jennifer Sims, who lived in the wood-frame, tin roofed dwelling with her second cousin, Shelita Brown, said she was away visiting with her mother on Cardinal Street at the time of the blaze.

"I don't know what I'm going to do, now," said Ms. Sims as she watched firefighters douse her burning home with water. "I lost just about everything I ever worked for."

More than a dozen firefighters with the Thomson Fire Department fought flames which were visible in the middle portion of the home on the 100 block of West Street. Later, flames shot through a portion of the roof.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire before flames swept toward the front of the house. The dwelling sustained extensive fire, smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire still was under investigation on Tuesday, according to Thomson Fire Chief Rick Sewell. Lt. Chris Reynolds, along with a state fire marshal representative returned to the fire scene on Tuesday to continue their joint investigation.

Meanwhile, Ms. Sims is staying at a local motel until other arrangements can be made.

Web posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009

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