Evans family loses home, livelihood in fire

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February 19, 2007

EVANS, Ga.---A fire ripped through a home on Chimney Hill Circle in Evans while the family was sleeping, just before 2 o'clock in the morning.

The sight of the damage alone is almost unbearable for Lora Bollinger.

"It's the worst thing that's ever happened," she told News 12. "I was asleep, and I heard a loud boom, and I thought my son had fallen out of the bed and ran in there, and he was sleeping."

She walked outside, only to see a nightmare unfolding. All she could see was heavy smoke coming out of the garage.

She thought she could fight the fire on her own, but when she opened the door she realized just how big it really was.

"When I realized it wasn't helping I ran up to my son and got him...he's fine."

Now, all she can do is pick up the pieces...and there's little left.

Everything from priceless family heirlooms to family portraits has been erased by the smoke.

Worst of all, she says, not only is her son's childhood home destroyed but so is her livelihood. Lora worked out of her home selling toys on eBay.

"Now I'm going to have to start from scratch," she said. "I've got nothing...no inventory, nothing."

The fire department has ruled the cause undetermined, but says it started in the garage.

Now they hand it over to the insurance company.

The family does have insurance, but they still need everyday basic necessities. If you'd like to help, you can make a donation to the Bollinger Fire Fund at any Georgia Bank and Trust location.

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