SYLVANIA, GA (WTOC) - Nancy Sieminski can't get the images out of her mind of her house on fire.
"I was walking back to the house from my horses and the flames were coming out of the storage room window," she recalled. "There was smoke coming from under the carport and it was this high and as thick as if you were burning tires."
At 60-years-old, she lost everything, from five cats to an art collection to the custom saddles for her horses. The fire came six months after she had lost her job as a civil engineer. Over the summer, she raised her deductibles to lower her premiums to make ends meet on unemployment. She'd also just begun an apprenticeship of sorts in Screven County's DFACS office.
While the insurance company works its way through red tape, Nancy says she's been amazed at how her new co-workers have rallied to help her. They've taken up collections and started a trust fund for her.
"We are her only family here and she depends on the love she gets here," explained co-worker Lawanda Mock. "She's just the little old lady that you want to help."
"If it was me, I'd want somebody to step in because you never know when something can come and interupt our lives," added co-worker Ash Watkins.
"They took up as my family and I've had nothing but moral and verbal support from them, and some financial support. People have come with clothing," Nancy responded.
Nancy isn't sure when her insurance company will come through, but says her co-workers and community are helping her survive until then.
The co-workers are collecting donations to help her with clothes, motel lodging and other expenses. They're also helping her collect for two $1,000 deductibles to cover her house and car damages. Donations can be sent to the Nancy Sieminski/ Lawanda Mock account at
301 Mims Road
Sylvania, Ga. 30467