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Fire claims Appling County home

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BAXLEY, GA (WTOC) -

Shopping may have saved an Appling County man from serious injury in a fire that destroyed his mobile home. Ronnie Johnson said he'd gotten up and driven to Baxley when a phone call told him about the fire at his home on U.S. Hwy 1, just a few miles south of Plant Hatch.

"I got here and there were four or five fire trucks and they were trying to save it," he told WTOC. "I started today thinking everything was going to be okay cause the world hadn't ended in all the 2012 stuff."

Johnson, who lost a leg to illness last year, lived in a mobile home behind his parent's home. The American Red Cross is assisting him with warm clothes and other necessities. 

Since the beginning of 2012, Red Cross volunteers in the region have responded to 426 fires, affecting 1,356 people and provided $245,774 in direct financial assistance.

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