• Nassau County firefighters work to extinguish flames that engulf a home in Hilliard Dec. 30.

Fires displace two local families

Two homes burned in western Nassau recently, leaving at least five occupants displaced. 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has both incidents under investigation, according to Nassau County Fire Chief Brady Rigdon. 

A doublewide mobile home caught fire Sunday just before 1 p.m. at 43189 Egger Place near Ratliff Road. Two adults and two children were displaced, according to Nassau County Fire-Rescue Local 3101’s Facebook post Sunday. 

Rigdon was not sure if the occupants were home when the incident occurred. Kimberly Houston is listed as the homeowner, the fire chief said. 

The American Red Cross was called in to assist the family. 

Emergency responders from stations 40, 50, 60 and 90, Tanker 71 and battalions 1 and 2 were on scene.

Nassau County firefighters also responded to a fire at 175690 Bay Rd. near County Road 108 just before 6 p.m. Dec. 30. 

No one was injured. Louis and Janice Hodges resided in the home.

Rigdon said it was not clear from the incident report if the home’s occupants were there at the time. The home is a total loss. 

Emergency responders from stations 20, 40, 50, 60 and 90 were on scene with battalions 1 and 2. 

According to a Facebook post Dec. 31, Michelle Rodenbarger Long wrote that the Hodges are in need of clothing, shoes and personal hygiene items. 

Men’s pants size 40 in the waist and 29 in length are requested along with 2XL shirts and size 10 shoes. Women’s size 18 pants, XL blouses and shoes size 9.5 are also needed. Harvest Church members accepted donations last week. 

A GoFundMe account was established for the couple at https://www.gofundme.com/hilliard-house-fire.



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