News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, June 24, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Anthony Price has fought a lot of battles in his 28 years in the Army.
"I've seen soldiers get killed -- I've seen soldiers die in my arms," he said.
However, on Monday, he had to leave the fight to save his home to someone else.
"This stuff here you can replace, you can get it back, but you can never get a solider back. Yeah, I've seen worse," Price said.
There is still no official word on what caused the fire, but firefighters say lightning could be to blame.
Neighbor Jquan Dixon says he knows that's the case.
"I saw the lighting strike come from the sky and hit the top of the roof, and I heard a loud boom and the house immediately caught on fire," Dixon said.
Another neighbor called Price at work to tell him the news.
"Total blankness -- I was like unbelievable, you've got to be kidding," Price said.
Luckily, no one was inside, but even before firefighters arrived, neighbors were trying to help.
"We saw all the smoke and stuff like that, so we just got out the car and knocked on the door to see if anybody was in there," said a neighbor.
As crews began to amp down their fight with the fire, some say it's a miracle they were able to put it out.
"It was a big ole fire -- just like a lot of smoke -- you couldn't hardly see nothing," said one neighbor.
And now that the smoke has cleared, Price is left wondering what he has left, including the pieces of his military past.
"That's stuff you can't replace. It's original documents -- you can get a copy, but you can never get the original document back," he said.
Price doesn't know if or even when he'll be able to go back inside, but he does know he's grateful.
"Thank God for the firefighters," he said.
Price says despite almost losing everything, he isn't going to feel sorry for himself. He says he going to move on and start over again.