[UPDATED] House Fire Leaves Georgia Woman Homeless

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[LAST UPDATED 12/16 at 5:51 PM]

Firefighters battled roaring flames for hours yesterday (12/15), trying to save the home of Pavo resident Rosie Hancock -- but by noon, the century-old family home was declared a 'total loss' by Thomas County Fire Chief Chris Jones.

Hancock, who lived in the home with her mother, says she was out when the blaze started and returned to find a cloud of black smoke billowing from what was once her family's favorite 'hang out'.

While she didn't want to go on camera, Hancock did tell us she is thankful to the firefighters who risked their lives trying to save her home -- she says she now has a new-found appreciation for the community heroes and the work they do everyday.

Hancock also says she can now empathize with those who have 'lost everything'.

Officials suspect electrical wiring sparked the blaze.

No one was hurt during the incident.


Pavo, Georgia --

A house fire leaves a south Georgia woman homeless before the holidays.

The house off Highway 33 just outside of Pavo was fully engulfed in flames when Thomas County firefighters arrived and witnesses say there is now nothing left of the home, but the chimney.

The woman who lives there was not home at the time of the fire which was reported by a neighbor.

Firefighters were dispatched at 10:14 a.m. and say the fire had been smoldering for a while before they arrived.

Firefighters are still on scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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  • by Debbie Location: Moultrie, GA on Dec 15, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    The woman listed in the above story is my aunt, Hattie Pearl Hancock-Holmes, many people know her as Ms. Pearl. As she was returning home from a doctor's appt, she found her home fully engulfed in flames. The house destroyed in the fire was their family home that was filled many sentimental items that had been passed from generation to generation. The only item saved was the clothing she was wearing. Because of a recent fall that injured her hip, she had been home bound for weeks and not fully recovered. We (the Bridges Hancock Strong Reunion family) have an account established that is available for anyone that is willing to help her begin the long rebuilding process. Even if you are unable to help, please pray that the thousands of covered-dishes she prepared over the years, delivering to needy men, women and children...will be remembered in the hearts of those she's touched. My name is Debbie Bridges-Herring and I can be reached via email for more info: BGCMoultrie@live.com
  • by Anonymous Location: Valdosta, GA on Dec 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    Is there a fund set up to help her, somewhere to take donations? I'd like to help, as I'm sure many other folks would...
  • by wdyoung Location: Tallahassee on Dec 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    Is there any way the public can help her? I know she can get "some" things from Red Cross, etc, and hope she had some insurance. But is there a bank acct anywhere?
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