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Home destroyed by fire
Donations sought for Walthourville mom, daughter
LL Walthourville fire
Consumed by flames: Firefighters battle a blaze that destoyed a home in the 4900 block of West Oglethorpe Highway in Walthourville on Sunday afternoon. A woman and her teenage daughter lost everything as a result of the fire. - photo by Lewis Levine / Coastal Courier
Walthourville residents Dorthy Hines, 52, and her daughter, Temira, 17, lost everything in a fire Sunday afternoon that destroyed their home in the 4900 block of West Oglethorpe Highway.
According to Liberty County Fire Coordinator James Ashdown, the blaze was reported around 12:24 p.m.
When units from Hinesville station 2 and the Walthourville Volunteer Fire Department arrived, heavy smoke and flames could be seen pouring from the rear of the residence. 
Ashdown, who is the chief investigator, said firefighters attempted to enter the residence but were blocked by furniture and intense heat.
“It appears the fire may have started in the master bedroom of the home, and went into the attic where it spread quickly throughout the house,” he said. “It didn’t take long for the house to be destroyed because it was made primarily of wood.”
Hines, a Richmond Hill hotel employee, arrived as firefighters were performing mop-up procedures.
All that remained of the single-family home after the blaze were the cinder blocks.
The family had been renting the home from Roy Stevens of Augusta and reportedly did not have renters insurance. 
Hines said she and her daughter lost everything.
“All we have left is the clothes we were wearing that afternoon,” she said.
Hines is currently staying with her sister in Riceboro.
“I don’t know what were going to at this time. We have been praying a lot to get through this difficult time,” she said.
Anyone wishing to assist the family may contact Hines at 884-5356.
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