Jackson County Family Needs Help After Fire Destroys Home

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Marianna- A Jackson County family was homeless Tuesday after a fire ripped through their Greenwood home early that morning.

"I don't want to break down and go to crying," said Greenwood resident Caretha Walden.

Walden described what it was like to see everything her family owned reduced to ash in a matter of hours.

"A lot of fire trucks were there and a lot of flames and everything. I can't describe it, it just isn't going to be the same anymore," said Walden.

According to Jackson County Fire Rescue the 911 call from a neighbor came in just before 7:00 a.m. Crews were on scene minutes later, but they said flames already covering 80% of the house.

Fortunately nobody was home. Walden said her four grandchildren were already on their way to school. She, her daughter, and son-in-law were driving to work.

"I'm just grateful none of us were there. I'm just grateful none of my grandkids were at the house," said Walden.

Happy just to be alive, the family now needs your help rebuilding their lives.

"It was the first thing I thought about was my babies', my children's clothes. They don't have any clothes to wear," said Walden's daughter Devonda Williams.

"Most of my family pictures, I lost everything the whole house," said Walden.

The Red Cross is providing temporary assistance. If you'd like to help you can either call the Red Cross at (850) 763-6587 or the family directly at (334) 258-0670.

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