(Franklin) — According to a press release issued by Chief Steve Wirth of the Heard County fire department, lightning appears to be the cause of a weekend fire that destroyed a local home and killed several pets.
On Saturday morning at 8:52 am Heard County Fire responded to a reported structure fire at 1591 Frolona Road just outside of Franklin. Upon arrival, units found the structure fully engulfed in flames.
Patricia Tillia, the owner of the residence and a senior citizen, was not at home at the time of the fire.
“The fire was contained to the residence, but the home is considered a total loss,” said Chief Wirth.
Tillia was in the hospital at the time of the fire recovering from knee surgery.
Reports from the community indicate the Tillia had no homeowner’s insurance and lost everything in the fire including several of her beloved pets.
A call for help has been issued by Pastor Robert Doddridge of the New Covenant Worship Center in Franklin, and a benevolence fund has been set up at Certus Bank.
Pastor Doddridge asks that those that can help by donating to please do so and those that can’t to please pray for Patricia Tillia. A benefit singing is also expected to be organized soon to help raise more funds.
If you would like to make a donation you can stop by Certus Bank at 101 Main Street, just off the square in downtown Franklin. Please make checks payable to: New Covenant Worship Center Patricia Tillia Benevolence Fund. For more information you may call 706-675-6642 or 678-378-8209.