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Fire destroys Long County home

Family escapes with no injuries

POSTED: January 7, 2013 11:52 a.m.
Photo by Lewis Levine/

The occupants of a home on Sols Road SE near Ludowici safely escaped a Friday-morning fire that took firefighters about 45 minutes to get under control.

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An early morning fire Friday destroyed a Long County family’s home.
According to Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Chief Richard Truman, the fire began shortly after 3 a.m. at 110 Sols Road SE near Ludowici. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from the home’s windows.  
It took firefighters roughly 45 minutes to get the blaze under control.
Jessica Simmons, who lived in the home with her two children, said in an interview that the smell of smoke woke her. She discovered the fire and tried to smother the flames with a pillow, but was unsuccessful. She ran into the living room, where her children’s baby sitter was sleeping, and woke her up.
“While I was coming from the back room, it was really dark and I couldn’t see anything,” Simmons said.
She then woke her children and the baby sitter’s children, and they all exited the home unharmed.
Simmons has occupied the residence for the past 13 years.

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