[UPDATE] Local Family Flees Home After it Catches Fire

By: Eyewitness News; Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Eyewitness News; Donnitra Gilbert Email

Flames rushed through this home on Harts Mill Road around 2 o'clock this morning. (3/22).

"I can't grip why someone would do that with two babies in the house," said Victim Robert Arrington.

Less than a month ago we brought you this family's story. Back in March flames rushed through this home on Harts Mill Road.

"We went to bed around 10 o'clock," said Arrington.

and arround 2:00 in the morning.

"My sister-in-law said Rex your house is on fire I didn't think I heard her right."

The couple, their two-year-old daughter - and two other family members who were visiting at the time were all inside this home. The Arringtons' say though they loss everything, they're happy to be alive.

"I was crying and screaming and saying that everything was gone," said Victim Ashley Arrington.

Deputies are investigating the fire and say the person who Arrington claims ignited the fire has been interviewed.

"We have interviewed the person who he suspects we don't believe that person right now is involved in the fire at Mr. Arrington's house," said Thomas County Investigator Lt. Tim Watkins.

Though no arrests have been made, deputies say if a suspect is found they could face felony charges and life in prison.

Deputies say though the fire has not been ruled an arson yet ... they do find the blaze suspicious, because it started on the outside of the house.

Firefighters said the blaze started on the porch of the house.

Inside was a family of three, including a two-year-old and two other family members who were visiting at the time.

All five made it out safely but firefighters said the home is a total loss.
The American Red Cross is currently housing the family, but neighbors are collecting donations as well.

Here's a list of the items needed:

20-year-old woman - Size 5 or 6 in pants
32 B Bra
9 or 9 1/2 Shoe
S or M size Shirt

22-year-old man - 32 x 32; 34x34, or 32x34 pants
L, XL shirt
Size 13 shoe

19-month-old Baby girl - 24 months (clothing) ; 6 or 7 shoe ; size 4 in diapers.

All donations can be taken to 1065 N. College Street in Pavo.
Pavo, Georgia -- March 22, 2011 Noon --

Pictures of the fire are attached above.

A local family is forced to flee their home after it catches fire.

Firefighters say the blaze started on the porch of the house in Pavo, Georgia and later spread throughout the entire home. Thankfully the family of three, including a two-year-old infant, were all able to escape this morning's fire without any injuries.

The home on Harts Mill Road has been labeled a total loss, however no other homes were affected by the blaze. The American Red Cross has pledged to help the family recover. Firefighters continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

Firefighters say it took a couple of hours to fully extinguish the flames.

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  • by Rebecca Lewis Location: Pavo, ga on Mar 24, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    I want to thank everyone who helped put out the fire and all of those who has helped us with all the generous donations... again we are truly grateful for all of your help. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
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