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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - High winds Friday made it difficult for fire crews in Catoosa County to control a blaze at a Ringgold home.

Officials responded to the same home on Hatfield Drive within hours of each other. A dryer forced the family of four out Thursday night. The next morning, their home was a complete loss.

Neighbors along Hatfield Drive awoke early Friday morning to see their neighbor's home engulfed in flames.

“I looked out the window and there was just flames everywhere,” Kelci Griffith said.

It was the second time in 12 hours firefighters were called to the home of a family of four. The first fire started in the clothes dryer. The couple took their two young boys to stay with family while the home aired out.

A couple hours later, it would be destroyed.

“I bawled my eyes out, just because of the boys and everything is gone,” Griffith added.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the second fire. It burned so hot, homes of neighbors on both sides suffered damage as well.

“[There was] a lot of fire and the wind was up today. So that was pushing a lot of the wind and a lot of embers. Our main goal was to protect the structures around it. We already had two structures that had flame impingement on it melting the siding, so our first concern was getting water on those houses,” Catoosa County Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Quinn said.

Neighbors believe it's a blessing the family wasn't home at the time of the second blaze—The one silver lining in this family's devastating loss.
Brained Baptist Church is collecting clothes for the two boys.

The youngest wears 12-month size clothes.

The older son wears size 8 pants, a medium top and size 2 in shoes.
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