Vernon Family's Loss Continues After Losing Home to Fire

By: Bergen Baucom
By: Bergen Baucom

Vernon, FL - They had only lived in their mobile home for three days before it was destroyed by fire. And even though Larry Rednour lost everything but the shirt on his back, he said he still feel blessed- thankful his family made it out alive. The electrical outlet behind the bed his step daughter, Tricia Blakey was sleeping in caught on fire two weeks ago.

Both she and her mother Mary Blakey escaped unharmed, but Rednour was not as lucky. He suffered second and third degree burns to his hands and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Georgia. They told us the bills were stacking up but, Rednour is unable to work as a truck driver now and doesn't know when he'll be able to return.

Though it would seem as though there's nothing else the family could lose, Thursday they lost what little was left. The trailer property owner, Willard Sexton, was going to let the family stay in another mobile home for six months rent free while the family got their lives together. But, as the family was walked News Channel 7 through the charred remains, Sexton took the offer off the table.

"We thought we'd have 6 months to get our lives back together and find some place we wanted to be. But now, we're technically homeless. Rednour said. "I refused sign a waiver releasing him of liability because, I'm not an attorney, I don't know [what it says]." Rednour also said Sexton told him he had contacted his attorney. Rednour told us the possibility of legal issues surrounding the electrical fire had never even crossed his mind.

What Rednour did say was on his mind were questions like, where he was going to sleep and how he and his family were going to survive this tragedy without an income or home.

But as Mary Blakey told us, there's one thing that has kept the family going. "A lot of prayer and just believing that everything is going to be OK" she said. "You know, we're good people, we try to do everything the right way, just believing it's going to be OK. And I'm a firm believer everything will be OK" Blakey said.

If you would like to help the family, a fund has been set up at the Tyndall Credit Union in Chipley under Larry Rednour's name. All other donations can be taken to the thrift store at the First Methodist Church in Vernon from 8:00am to 2:00pm Wednesday through Saturday.

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  • by Connie Location: White on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:07 PM
    The owner of this property is a deadbeat. I don't know anyone here, but this is such a selfish act. These tenants deserved a safe home, and with the article stating as it did, this one was not safe. You seen to be more worried about what you may be liable for than you are for the well being of this family. Does not seen they are asking for much, you offered and no you decide not to be a good neighbor. Put your fanily and your home in the mix, what will happen to you.
  • by Pinky on Jun 7, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    I pray God blesses your family with a home soon.It would be my guess this landlord is only worried about himself but thing's have a way of coming back on you when you mistreat people.Not to wish anything bad on him but he has to look in the mirror every morning.Will he be able to live with what he see's? God Bless !!!!
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      by Darlene on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM in reply to Pinky
      I agree with you Pinky. My heart just breaks hearing about someone losing their home. Praying God will help this family, and send them some peace they need.
  • by Christy Location: Abbeville on Jun 7, 2012 at 08:04 PM
    It is sad to hear this. & for the owner to take his offer off the table is really really sad, exspecially when this family needs help. I would gladly let them stay with me. I don't have much and my trailer isn't very big, but i would help all I could.
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      by Angela on Jun 10, 2012 at 09:56 AM in reply to Christy
      Christy, You are so precious!!!! Thank you for even commenting. This is my Uncle Larry and it is killing me that I cannot do more than what I plan to. I am in Indiana so it makes it hard for me to even wrap my arms around them. I am in complete shock that the landlord has been the way he has and cares nothing about them, only money. I am hoping and praying by the grace of God that folks will contribute SOMETHING/ANYTHING into the fund. This story aired 3 TIMES!!!! and NOT A SOUL in the community gave. No churches, no neighbors, no one. Saddens me. But it is nice to see folks like you, Pinky, and Connie on here that at least responded and expressed concern. Please pray that God will make a way. God is good, even through all of my Uncle Larry's horrible situation. I know God will make a way. God Bless you ladies!!!
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