Eastpoint fires leave nine homeless

The remains of a trailer at 38 Jefferson Street in Eastpoint that burned Dec. 29 Photo available for purchase

The remains of a trailer at 38 Jefferson Street in Eastpoint that burned Dec. 29

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 09:57 AM.

Two mobile homes were destroyed by fire during the last week of 2013.

On Christmas Day, a doublewide home at 548 Ridge Road , near the Otter Slide Road intersection, was consumed by flames.

Ashley Carr, a spokesperson for the State Fire Marshal’s office, said the fire was ruled accidental and may have been caused by a faulty electrical outlet or space heater.  She said the home was a total loss but the trailer’s owner, Julia Smith, escaped without injury.

On Dec. 29, a second fire occurred not far away. At about 1:15 a.m. residents of a mobile home at 38 Jefferson Street awakened to find their home in flames.

Morris "Jay" Eveland and his wife Wendy shared their home with daughter Clarissa Cruson, her husband Deven, their three children, and a niece and nephew.

The families escaped from their home with nothing but the clothes they wore. Two Chihuahuas were killed in the blaze. A Red Cross spokesperson said some members of the family were barefoot.

With funds donated by the Red Cross and a local church, the family was temporarily housed at the Best Western Inn in Apalachicola . Clothing and household items were donated after a request for help was posted on the Franklin County Yard Sale Facebook page.

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