WILMER, Ala. (WKRG) — A Mobile County family has lost everything in an early morning house fire, and now the community is rallying to help where they can.
The family of four escaped the fire with only the clothes on their backs.
“I was just glad to hear they all got out of the house safely,” said Amy Hess, the Orientation and Mobility specialist for Mobile County Public School System.
The exterior walls are all that remains of the home on Lott Road. The inside, charred.
“It’s a family that is a very hardworking, very kind family. The girls are the center of their world,” said Hess.
Belongings and Christmas presents were destroyed in the flames.
“They left with just the clothes on their backs,” said Hess. She continued, “the mom is concerned because Christmas presents had been purchased. And you know she’s concerned as to what to get the girl’s for Christmas.”
Firefighters with Georgetown-Fellowship Volunteer Fire Department battled a house fire around 4:30 Wednesday morning. Oak Grove Volunteer Fire-Rescue helped battle the flames. All of their belongings were destroyed.
Inside, parents and their two young girls. The oldest is visually impaired. Hess works with the eldest daughter regularly at school.
“Jailyn is just a complete joy to have. You never quite know what she’s going to say. She’s always full of excitement when she was here at the Regional School, she loved to paint and draw pictures. Some of her artistry is fantastic,” said Hess.
Hess says she’s relieved everyone was able to escape.
“They probably grabbed her hand and led her out of the house. The mother said the smoke detector woke them up and that’s how they were able to escape,” said Hess.
There are several donation drives for the family to help them have something for Christmas. One by J.E. Turner Elementary School, one with the Georgetown-Fellowship Volunteer Fire Department, and one with H.L. Sonny Callahan School for the Deaf and Blind.
The Callahan School for the Deaf and Blind are collecting gift cards and monetary donations along with clothing donations at the school.
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