New Hope Fire

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A New Hope man and his five-year-old granddaughter remain in an Alabama hospital after a fire destroyed their home Tuesday.

The events of last Tuesday night are still fresh in neighbors’ minds.

Rickey Suggs says, "They were all down at Jimmie Williams’ trailer. They had the fire put out by the time I came back. They say they carried five of them to the hospital."

Local fire and rescue workers responded to a fire on Miller's Road in New Hope Tuesday night. Before they got there, Jimmie Williams worked frantically to get his family out of the house.

Williams and his five-year-old granddaughter Alexi Holly suffered severe burns and were taken to a hospital in Alabama. The fire destroyed everything they owned and now the local community is reaching out to help them.

Theresa Morgan, who works at Dee's, says, "We just try to get together to help these families in need like that. We did it for my family. My cousin was in a coma and we did it for him. We know they need help. They've lost everything."

Restaurant workers at Dee's in Vernon say they set up a collection jar shortly after hearing about the family’s injuries.

"Our cook lives right next door to them, so she had told us about it. We didn't realize that anyone was hurt. She told us this morning that everybody got hurt."

This fire sent four people to the hospital Tuesday night. Alexi Holly's mother Kristi Holly and a family friend were treated and released several hours later.

A fund has been set up to help the family. You can make a donation by contacting the Regions Bank in Marianna.