RINCON, Ga. (WSAV) — A Rincon firefighter was called to his own home to fight off a fire that ended up being a total loss.

“When the address came out, the first station that is closest to that house happened to be the fireman who was on duty, and his daughter called him to make sure that, ‘hey we’re all out of the house and we’re trying to get all the animals out,’” said Lou Reed, Interim Fire Chief of the Rincon Fire Department.

The fire destroyed everything, displacing the Hazard family and their three pets, leaving them with close to nothing. But in the 24 hours following the response from the community has been nothing short of remarkable.

“The outpouring of the community and surrounding communities in the last 24 hours as far as clothing, toiletries, food for the dogs, all those things have come into play. We actually hauled three trucks to station 2 on Ebenezer road where they can start going through the products and things that they need,” explained Reed.

The family of four along with their three pups made it out unharmed, according to the Rincon Fire Department (RFD). The family’s three cats did not make it out alive.

The home on Oak Drive in Effingham County caught fire just before midnight Friday night.

The Red Cross is assisting and the family is accepting donations for toiletries, clothing and foster care for their three dogs, RFD said.

Some items you can donate include:

  • Girl’s shoe size 9, large shirts, coat and 10/12 size pants for the family’s daughter
  • Men’s shoe size 10, XL shirts and jackets and 38/30 size pants

Donations can be dropped off at the Rincon Fire Department on 109 West 17th in Rincon. A GoFundMe was set up for the firefighter and his family with a goal of $50,000. To donate to it, click or tap here.