First Eastpoint fire victim receives temporary home

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EASTPOINT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - On Tuesday, the very first travel trailer arrived in Eastpoint for a woman who lost it all in the fire and according to state officials, more travel trailers are on their way to temporarily house those in need.

Lucy Bettinger wasn't home when the flames from the recent fire in Eastpoint destroyed her property.

"I was in the hospital. I had to have major, they said major, major surgery," she said.

While she was in the hospital, she was given the news that she wouldn't have a home to come back to.

"I cried and cried and they were telling me that I had nothing left there, it was a total loss," she said.

Since the fire, she's been uncertain about where to go and if she'd have a place to live.

"I prayed for the home," she said.

Now, Bettinger is the very first of the fire victims to receive a temporary home.

The trailer was donated by a Georgia man and fixed up by locals and staff at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

"Major Summerhill works for us. He has a fifth wheel truck so he was able to pull it over there," Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith said.

Sheriff Smith says he's glad Bettinger now has a roof over her head, but she and five others will soon be receiving permanent mobile homes.

"We're in negotiations with a company to provide six mobile homes to us that are going to be permanent housing for people. So, we're very happy about that and it's just nice to see people finally getting a roof over their head and maybe a little bit of normalcy coming into their life," Sheriff Smith said.

Those who aren't imminently receiving a permanent home will be getting trailers to temporarily live in.

According to state officials, 24 travel trailers are on their way.

"God answered prayers big time for me," Bettinger said.

The temporary trailers are expected to arrive in Eastpoint Wednesday night.

The six permanent homes are set to also arrive from Panama City by this time next week.