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Family thankful after fierce Thunderbolt fire

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A massive fire that destroyed a house in Thunderbolt, remains under investigation. It broke out around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 3200 block of College Street behind Savannah State University.

The family was filled with mixed emotions.

On one hand, the home that has been in the family for a number of years is destroyed, but they are also thankful knowing the woman who was living there is safe and sound, all because she was staying at a family members home down the street.

A charred pick up truck, AC unit and a door that looks like a pile of twisted metal are just some items that are recognizable left after a furious fire destroys this home.

"I had tears before you walked up here," said Ike Williams. "A lot of history goes with this home. We grew up here. When I was kid, we stayed in this home. Thanks to God she is alive. We are fine now and we going to be fine."

Williams' sister lived in this home that is now a pile of rubble. While many memories are gone, he is grateful his sister is ok.

"I got a call around 4 a.m. this morning from one of my sisters. She lives next door. This is my sister's home and we came over here. It was engulfed. It was completely gone. We knew she wasn't here, because earlier in the day she had day surgery and was told she could not be alone," said Williams.

After seeing the damage, Williams says he's thankful his sister wasn't home when the fire broke out.

"God bless that and if she wasn't she would have been here, so we are blessed for that," said Williams. "All this can be replaced. We are going to be good and she is healthy."

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. The state fire marshal is expected out Thursday to investigate the cause.

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