"When I saw the black smoke, all I could think was, oh my God, oh my God," said Joan Hollie. Hollie's family home burned Monday, Feb. 20. Hollie was in town on her day off and saw the smoke as she was heading home.

The Hollie home is located at 18763 104th Street, locally known as Mattress Factory Road. According to Hollie, it is the family home and she's lived in it off and on her entire life. Hollie said Suwannee County Fire/Rescue told her the fire was probably caused by faulty electrical wiring. She said the wiring in the house was old.

"They are telling me it's a total loss," Hollie said. "But there might be some stuff I can save in the front of the house."

When Suwannee County Fire/Rescue arrived at the fire, they said they found a wood frame structure that was approximately 40 percent involved. The fire was venting from the roof and the windows of the east bedrooms, they said. Fire/Rescue listed the fire damage in its report at 74 percent and the cause of the fire as under investigation. Fire/Rescue was able to determine that there were no human factors contributing to the fire. The State Fire

Marshal was called in to investigate as a routine matter.

"We made entry through the front door and made our way down the hallway with zero visibility," said firefighter Lt. Sid Hayes. "Once we got to the fire, the smoke was venting out so we could see to extinguish the fire in the bedrooms and ceiling," Hayes said in his report.

Suwannee County Fire/Rescue received the alarm on the fire at 4:07 p.m. and arrived at the fire at 4:22 p.m. Area volunteer fire departments also responded to the scene. The fire under control by 4:45 p.m.

Hollie is currently staying with relatives. She said she wasn't one to ask for help but she had no clothing left as a result of the fire.

Janet Schrader may be reached by calling 1-386-362-1734 ext. 134 or by emailing janet.schrader@gaflnews.com.

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