One year later, Eastpoint residents say they still need help after wildfire

EASTPOINT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's been one year since a controlled burn became out of control leaving many in Eastpoint homeless and a trail of devastation along with it.

Anna Creamer stands outside of what's left of her home in Eastpoint a year after the wildfire. (WJHG/WECP)

"One year since the Eastpoint fire, you know, it seems like it was just yesterday," Franklin County Sheriff A.J. "Tony" Smith said.

The fire, caused by a third party contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, burned through more than 800 acres and damaged 36 homes.

"Seven minutes," Eastpoint Fire Survivor Anna Creamer said, "within seven minutes the fire jumped from Buck Street to Wilderness Road. I had time to go to town and get gas and come straight back home and it was like a war zone."

For Creamer, the fire burned her childhood home and forced a new life on her. Pregnant at the time, her baby girl was born the next day.

"I was terrified to have my daughter because we knew nothing," Creamer said. "The next day we didn't know if our home was still standing fully or not. Nobody told us anything, and all I could think was how was I going to bring my daughter home, and my son and my other daughter home, and my family, to nothing."

Her son's room and what would have been her new baby's room are now unlivable. Somehow she says she stays positive.

"I'm just ready for whatever is going to happen for us and our community to happen," Creamer said, "because even a year later we are still struggling. There are people out here who still need help."

Franklin County Emergency Management Coordinator Tress Dameron said she knows there's still work to be done.

"We've made a lot of progress, yeah, sometimes it seems like baby steps but it is moving forward," Dameron said. "Everything, it's just still coming together and not forgetting about them and just making sure that we make sure that everyone is taken care of."

But one year later, the damage is still done.

"I want everyone to know that we're still suffering a year later," Creamer said.