WALTHOURVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) — It was supposed to be a night of celebration for a Bradwell Institute graduate, only to learn while on their way home from the Saturday ceremony that his family’s home was on fire.
According to Walthourville Fire and Rescue Chief Anthony Burns, the Mojica family of 7 have been displaced after their home on the 300 block of Thompson Road was destroyed by fire.
“We encountered heavy fire on the rear right-hand side of the building,” Burns said. “It was already vented through the roof at that point. There was nobody inside thankfully, they were at a Bradwell graduation and on their way back home.”
Burns said the family had just left the graduation when they received a phone call that the family home of seven years was on fire.
“We were able to get here within six minutes with a first engine, deployed two hand lines to the exterior rear of the building initially, until my second engine got here with three more people,” added Burns.
The family’s oldest sister, Tatiana Mojica, aided in clean-up efforts the following day.
“There was really nothing to think or say,” said Mojica. “All I could do was look at my little brother standing there in his cap and gown watching his house burn down.”
The graduate still wearing his graduation gown, stood in silence along with his family as flames shot through the roof of the single-story home.
Just two months prior, the Mojica family lost their eldest son in a car accident. His remains were lost in the fire.
“The first thing we thought about was trying to get my brothers remains. We hadn’t bought an urn yet so he’s now in that house forever,” Mojica said.
A GoFundMe has been created for the family with a goal of $10,000. At the time of this post the fund totaled nearly $5,600.
Anyone who’s interested in donating can click here.
It is unknown what started the fire at this point. The fire started shortly before 9:30 pm. American Redcross is currently aiding the family of seven in search of temporary housing.