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Brooklet family loses home in fire Wednesday
Fire Chief Vezo: Cause of fire still unknown, residents lost home, several pets to blaze
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    A Brooklet family lost their home Wednesday, as well as several pets that were inside, said Brooklet Volunteer Fire Chief Steve Vezo.
    The cause of the blaze that destroyed the Nora Lee Drive home is yet unknown, he said.
    No one was home at the time of the fire, but Doris Appleton was at a  neighboring residence when she noticed the back of her home was on fire, he said.
    Her husband Daniel was at work and the couple’s two daughters, ages 10 and 12, were at school, he said. However, about 10 cats and an iguana were inside the home and died in the fire.
    Dan Foglio, member of the Bulloch County American Red Cross chapter, said the family lost everything “except the clothes they were wearing.”
    The Red Cross helped the family with immediate needs such as clothing, food and lodging, but anyone interested in donating to the family should contact the Bulloch County American Red Cross office at (912) 764-4468 or Foglio at (912) 682-5771.
    Bulloch County Fire Chief Randy Walker said that although the cause of the fire that destroyed the Appleton’s home is yet unknown, this is the time of the year that many house fires are caused by heat sources.
    The National Fire Protection Association provided statistics that three of every four residential fires are caused by space heaters, he said.
    Walker reminded citizens to keep combustible items at least three feet away from all surfaces of a heat source and to be careful.
    “I encourage people to use caution,” he said, adding that keeping chimneys and other outlets clean, and to watch for sparks and embers. He also said keeping a working smoke alarm is important.

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