Valdosta Daily Times

October 4, 2012

Late-night fire burns half of county home

Jason Schaefer
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — A fire that occurred around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night destroyed half of a mobile home at 2967 Stock Pen Road outside the Valdosta City Limits, displacing a family of seven.

The fire was called in at 11:39 p.m., and Lowndes County Fire Rescue was dispatched that same minute, according to County Clerk Paige Dukes. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 11:49 p.m., and extinguished the fire by 12:02 a.m.

Engine 10, Engine 11 and Engine 12, from headquarters, the south side and the west side departments, respectively, were all dispatched to the scene, Dukes said. Firefighters left the scene at 2:02 a.m.

No injuries were reported, but 50 percent of the house was damaged. The South Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross was notified of the fire between midnight and 1 a.m., according to Jack Looney, Red Cross Emergency Services Program Manager.

Volunteers Chris Feuerstein and Bill Staples were sent to meet with the family of three adults and four children in “the wee hours of the morning,” Looney said. The family accepted assistance for food, clothing and shelter.

The family includes one 17-year-old, one 15-year-old, one 5-year-old and a four-month-old baby, Looney said.