Whitfield County Family in Need after Devastating Fire

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. (WDEF)- A family in Whitfield County is reeling from a devastating fire earlier this week.

Julie Cantrell and her family woke up to a nightmare early Tuesday morning.

Cantrell said that, “The smoke is what woke me up. I got her (Alexis) first, because our bedrooms are at the front door. As soon as I got her, we went and ran out of the front door. And then we had to get her (Leah) out of the bedroom window right there. She got handed out the bedroom window to me.”

Shortly after 3:30 a.m., their home on Janine Way outside of Tunnel Hill caught on fire. The fire has left the home a complete loss.

Julie’s daughter, Leah, and the family’s grandmother, Tammy, were injured in the blaze and taken to hospitals. Tammy is currently in critical condition at the burn center in Augusta, Georgia. Her dog unfortunately did not survive the fire.

Julie’s sister, Tracey Cantrell, said that, “We’re really asking for everybody’s prayers, a lot of prayers for her. She is the glue that holds them together. She is. They’ve been with her since they were little.”

 Leah, who is nine years old, was taken to the UT-Nashville burn center where she suffered throat burn injuries. At one point she was on a ventilator.

Leah has defied the odds however, and is out of the hospital and back with her family. For Julie, it’s a glimmer of hope.

Julie said,”Most definitely that’s my world. I wouldn’t, it means a lot to me. If it wasn’t for the Lord and everybody’s prayers… I think it’s what saved us mostly.”

The Whitfield County Fire Department told News 12 that the cause of the fire is still under investigation. They have asked a Georgia state fire marshal to help their investigation.

There is a GoFundMe for the Cantrells that has raised over $25-hundred dollars. In addition to funds for day to day expenses and the recovery effort, the family currently does not have a car to travel back and forth to Augusta to be with Tammy as she recovers in the burn center. If you would like to donate to the Cantrells, the link is at https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-in-need-after-mobile-home-fire?member=23879397&sharetype=teams&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer.

 

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