Walker Co. Facebook group helps woman who lost everything in house fire
Walker County residents are using Facebook to help a woman who lost everything when her house was intentionally set on fire.
Homeowner Shannon Sullivan says the only thing she was left with was the clothes on her back.
She is thankful a total stranger is pitching in to help.
Ashes now cover what used to be Sullivan's home.
She walks through it, looking for any memories that can be saved. “Pictures, baby books, her first tooth that she lost, my son's first tooth and he's 20,” said Sullivan.
Officials say the fire was set intentionally Sunday night.
Sullivan, her daughter, and son were not home during the fire, but the family cat Ollie is still missing. Neighbor Annette Hamill Forbes was at home at the time and called 911.
“It was not a very big flame when I first saw it. I called 911, but it got out of hand pretty fast,” said Forbes.
Forbes was worried Sullivan, a cancer patient, might have been inside, resting from her treatments.
Sullivan says doctors give her a couple more years to live.
“In my throat and my lungs,” said Sullivan.
Days later, Sullivan is still very emotional about the fire. She doesn't know what's next for her family.
“I keep getting blow after blow, and now this. I don't know how to come back from this,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan is getting unexpected assistance from a passing motorist who stopped to help after seeing the family's loss.
“She started walking up and was in tears. Something told me to stay with her, and that she needs help,” said Sarah Mattoon.
Mattoon has stepped in to collect donations for the family, through a Facebook group.
“Even though this world is crazy, there are people out there that don't know you and are willing to throw a shirt on your back.”
The Georgia State Fire Marshal is offering a $10,000 reward.
If you have any information on a potential suspect, please call 1-800-282-5804.
An official drop-off for Sullivan is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Rossville Fire Department, starting at 11.