Condo fire leaves engaged couple homeless before wedding

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "He'll give us everything we need," said Phillip Brown, who lost his home today.

His faith gets he and his fiancée through tough times like these. One of the few things left untouched is a bible verse that reads,

"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own," Brown said.

A bible verse, appropriate for the struggle the couple faced today.

"She told me that the house was on fire and that all of our stuff was gone," Brown said.

He rushed to his condo on Forest Hills Drive, to find the home he had made with his soon-to-be wife, falling apart.

"We just found the place, it was like the perfect little house in a nice quiet neighborhood," he said.

But around 2 pm, it was all but quiet. The fast moving fire ripped through four condos. Browns' was the third one to go up in flames.

"They slowly started letting us go in and look around," he said.

Inside, they found their ceilings caving in, and walls completely knocked down. Water had damaged much of what was inside and the faint smell of burnt wood lingered.

"Most everything was a loss, our new furniture and everything that we were hoping to move in was gone," said Brown.

Wedding presents litter their front yard, and cars are filled with memories the couple built together, torn down by flames, smoke and water.

They'll move on and rebuild and always remember what they still have.

"We're very thankful to God that he was able to save as much of our stuff as he did, and we know he's going to provide," Brown said.

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