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Jones County Family Loses Home to Fire

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The following is a press release from Linda Cranford, Jones County Public Information Officer: 

JONES CO --  A mother and her two children escaped with only the clothes on their backs Saturday morning, January 4, when fire swept through their house in the Rustin community of Jones County.

At 9:33 a.m. fire units from Rustin, Powers, M&M, and Sandersville Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire on Poole Creek Road.  Upon arrival they found the approximately 60-year old house fully involved in flames.

Victoria Kirby was living in the home, which belonged to her grandmother, with her husband and two children.  Standing barefoot in the cold temperatures of the morning, Kirby explained that she had dosed off and was awakened by the smell of smoke.  When she entered her bedroom she saw fire near a window and immediately called 911 and got her children out.  Still on the phone with 911 dispatchers, she saw her dog, Rocky, run into the house and she went in after him.  But, the smoke was too thick and the 911 dispatcher told her to get out of the house.  It was believed that Rocky got out of the house through the back door, but unfortunately he perished in the fire.  Her husband, Jason, was at work at the time of the fire.

Firefighters remained on scene for over two hours performing fire suppression, overhaul, and salvage operations.  The house was deemed a total loss.  The exact cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation by Jones County Sheriff's Department Fire Investigator Sgt. Scott Gable.

Also responding to the fire were Jones County Sheriff's Department and Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna.  The American Red Cross also responded and is providing assistance to the family.  Family members of a Rustin Fire Department firefighter brought clothes to the scene for Victoria and the children.

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