[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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