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Investigation into Long Co. house fire under way

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A fire has left a family in Ludowici without a home. A fire has left a family in Ludowici without a home.

Fire investigators from State Fire Marshal's Office in Atlanta are headed to a Ludowici home that was destroyed overnight in a fire.

The fire started just before 3 a.m. Friday at a home on Sols Road, which is between Walthourville and Ludowici in a neighborhood south of US 84.

The family said the blaze engulfed the house in a matter of minutes.

A 32-year-old mother and her two young children are without a home after an early-morning blaze destroyed everything they own. She said they didn't get anything out - not even some clothes.

She grabbed her 5 and 7 year old and ran to safety with two others - a friend and her child - who were staying with them.

Because the fire was in a rural area, firefighters had to shuttle in water. But they said the intensity of the flames made the home impossible to save.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross are giving the family money for food, clothes and temporary shelter.

The mother said they plan to stay with family members. It's the second house fire in Ludowici in a week.

The Ludowici Fire Chief Richard Truman said cases like this really get to him.

"It always bothers me when I see a family displaced like this, especially, like I said, it is a rural community. Everyone knows everyone. We actually know the owner she worked for Long County. It's just tough," he said.

The mother said her daughter turned 5 on Friday. It is not the birthday they were hoping for, but they are very grateful everyone is OK.

To help out the family, call the Long County Fire Dept. at 912.545.2244.

Earlier in the week, fire damaged a home on Water Oak Lane in Ludowici, displacing a family of five that was headed out of town at the time, and claiming the life of their two cats. The home was not destroyed and the family was able to stay with a neighbor.

"Actually, we don't have a lot of structure fires. It is very strange that they were so close together but it is the winter. If we are going to have them, this would be the time we will," said Truman.

Both fires remain under investigation.

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