Donalsonville Still Picking Up the Pieces Following Fire

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

The devastation left behind by a storm-related fire is still very visible in Donalsonville, Georgia.

It's been weeks since the fire wreaked havoc on Donalsonville, but still, the damage is apparent .

Flames left a gash on the downtown after destroying a total of eight buildings, all occupied by businesses.

Says one business owner, "It's been unbelievable: it's just been a total loss, the building is 100 percent totally lost."

Hugh Parham owns a two-story building that was gutted in the early morning blaze back on April 5th.

Fire officials say lightning struck a sign on one of the businesses, and sparked the Cherry Street inferno that would mow down many residents' livelihoods.

Says Parham, "The top part was completely burned out, the bottom part has thousands and thousands of gallons of water that's been put in it, so we're just trying to salvage what few things are salvageable."

Many of the buildings' owners didn't have insurance on their properties and the necessary clean-up has been paid for out-of-pocket.

Equally as important as the funding for clean-up is the amount of manpower required to do it.

Atherlone Trawick has a barber shop just feet from the fire-ravaged site.

Says Trawick, "They've really been working hard. They're out here almost everyday and they've done a lot. They've got it all but cleaned up."

Those who've lost their businesses say they aren't sure what comes next, but they'll always remember how much the stores meant to the Town of Donalsonville.

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