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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