121 fire

Firefighters battled this blaze on the corner of GA. Highway 121 and W. Horseshoe Rd last week.           – Photo courtesy of Merlene Crosby

Family of four and their pets safe after house fire

A family of four lost their home at the corner of Georgia Highway 121 and West Horseshoe Road to a fire last Monday evening, February 15.

First-arriving crews of the Pierce County Fire Department kept the blaze from spreading, but the home was deemed unlivable due to significant heat and smoke damage.

Troy and Laura Lightsey and their two children, Kelsey and Hunter, exited the home safely without injury.

“We were all good and all of our fur babies were good,” L. Lightsey told The Times.

Red Cross is assisting the family, and they are living temporarily in Waycross with relatives.

The school system reportedly provided equipment for the Lightsey children to continue schooling virtually from home until they move back to Pierce County.

Family and friends have been quick to come to the Lightseys’ aid, donating money, clothing and gift cards.

“We’re blessed,” L. Lightsey says. “Even people we don’t know have donated money, clothing and a couple of gift cards. I know the Lord is going to work it out.”

The Lightsey family was renting their mobile home from David Turner.

L. Lightsey indicated the family would most likely return to their former home once Turner places a new mobile home on the property, but it’ll be at least a month, she says.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The blaze started in a bedroom/bathroom area on one end of the home.

Fire units were paged to the scene at 5:38 p.m. and cleared the site at 7:23 p.m.

 Pierce County stations responding include Bearville, Walkerville, Northside, Sunset, Hacklebarney, Southside, Otter Creek and Offerman. Blackshear Fire Department also responded per their automatic aid agreement.