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Fire leaves 13 homeless
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A fire in Riceboro on Wednesday afternoon left a family of five adults and eight children homeless.
In a telephone interview Thursday, Riceboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief Dennis Fitzgerald said the fire began shortly before 3 p.m. in the 6100 block of South Coastal Highway. Fitzgerald said when he arrived, the double-wide mobile home was engulfed in flames.
“The inside was completely destroyed and part of the structure collapsed,” he said.
The chief requested mutual aid from the Eastern District Volunteer Fire and Rescue department as well as Midway, Lake George and Fleming departments.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, according to the chief.
“James Ashdown, the Liberty County fire coordinator, and I will be going out later today to investigate,” he said. “We believe the fire may have started in a bedroom.”
Fitzgerald said a total of 12 firefighters responded and it took more than a half hour to get it under control.
The family is being assisted by the Red Cross.

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