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Man loses home to fire second time in months

DEARING -- Ezra Davis hasn't made up his mind just what he's going to do now that fire has destroyed his home for the second time within a few months.

"I think somebody is sending me a message that they don't want me living around here," Mr. Davis said as he watched firefighters with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services spray water onto the fire that destroyed another motor home on Dec. 28, at 3487 Radford-Culbreth Road. "Somebody set my first home on fire, and I think they've done it again."

The latest fire, which is believed to have broken out about 4 p.m., destroyed a 35-foot Coachman Motor Home that Mr. Davis acquired after his first home burned about four months ago.

"I just don't understand why anybody would want to do this to me," said Mr. Davis. "I work hard every day and don't bother anybody. I pretty much stay to myself."

Mr. Davis is an employee of the city of Thomson -- a job he has held for four years.

McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services Assistant Chief Stephen Sewell said that the first fire was listed as suspicious but that the cause of the latest one had not been determined.

"We're still investigating the cause of the fire last week," he said.

Mr. Davis, who has been living in that area of McDuffie County since his move from Alabama several years ago, said he is considering selling his property.

"I don't think I'm going to try to live on this property anymore," he said. "I can't keep spending money for a home and then have somebody burn it down."

Mr. Davis was at work at the time of last week's fire. A neighbor called to tell him the news.

"I said to myself, 'Oh, no, not again,' " recalled Mr. Davis, noting that his employer just replaced all of his work uniforms as a result of the first fire. "All I've got to my name is what I've got on my back right now. Everything I owned was in my house."

Mr. Davis said he did not have fire insurance.

Anyone who wants to assist Mr. Davis may contact the city of Thomson at (706) 595-1781.



Web posted on Thursday, January 06, 2011













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