Fire departments from Guyton, Springfield and Effingham County responded to a house fire on Fourth St. Extension in Guyton around 3 a.m. Sunday. Members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team were also called to provide assistance to the family of four that were left homeless.
According to officials, the residents were awaken by their dog barking around 3 a.m. when they noticed their bedroom was filled with smoke. The mother and father of two broke a window and jumped out. Their four and nine year old children were not at home when the fire occurred. The mother said they spent the night at their grandparent's house and have not yet been told of the fire.
A neighbor had already called 911 when he saw flames coming from the house while attempting to alert the family. By the time fire crews arrived on the scene, the wooden house had already been destroyed. The family's two dogs did not survive. Fire officials say the cause of the fire has not been determined.
The Red Cross team met the family's immediate needs by providing a hotel for two nights, funds for clothing, food for a week and four comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.