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Fatal Fire in Toombs Co
Monday, 10 October 2011

October 10--  An elderly woman perished early Monday morning in a Toombs County mobile home fire.


Nothing is left of the mobile home in this pre-dawn photo courtesy of Donna Lee.

Firemen from North Toombs Fire Department responded to the fire  at 262 Apache Lane in northeast Toombs County about three a.m. according to Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight.  He identifies the victim as 76-year-old Nira Jean Schmidt and says two other people in the home, Danny Lee Sims and Lynn Amerson, were able to escape.

Donna Lee with the American Red Cross says Mrs. Schmidt perished after alerting the other two people about the fire.

"The older lady who died in the fire actually woke up and, according to the other two residents of the home, she woke them up to tell them to get out.  They split up in the hallway and the other two people got out but she didn't make it," Lee reports.

Lee says the Red Cross is helping the survivors with food and clothing and their medicine and medical equipment.

Sheriff Kight says the State Fire Marshall's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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