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Family loses house to fire

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

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Bruce Hankinson watched as Augusta firefighters battled to extinguish a fire. The roof reduced to ashes and dark smoke billowed into sky, but fortunately no one was hurt.

"I'm not felling anything right now. If you ask me that question next week, I'll probably have a totally different answer but right now, I'm just numb," Hankinson said.

The house Bruce Hankinson grew up in, on the 2000 block of Kelly Street is now destroyed. The house caught fire sometime today and after a frightening call from a neighbor, he rushed over.

"I was hoping that it was a mistake and I left work. When I finally was able to get through, I witnessed what you're witnessing now," Hankinson said. "I'm just in shock; in disbelief."

Hankinson said his mother still lived in the house but she was called in to work today.

"She's devastated because my father and she raised two children in this house and she invested a lot of years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this house," said Hankinson.

The fire department said no one was inside the home at the time of the fire but with a fire so massive, it will be a while before they know what caused it.

"Because of the amount of fire when we arrived, it was almost, three-fourths involved, it's hard to tell, until you dig into the actual rubble to put the puzzle together," said Steven Bell, Augusta Fire Department Battalion Chief.

Hankinson said he is now putting his trust in family to comfort his mother at this desperate hour.

"She's alive, so that's a blessing and everything else can be replaced. That's basically what we can draw comfort from," he said.

Original:

Augusta Richmond County firefighters are on the scene of a house fire on Kelly Street.

Dense smoke is still emitting from the home, and the fire is still actively burning.

No word yet on how it started or if anyone was home at the time.

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