Family Reacts to Deadly Dixie County Fire
It must be a difficult night for two North Central Florida families that suffered strikingly similar tragedies over the weekend. There were house fires in Bradford and Dixie counties.
In Bradford county on Sunday, a 77 year old woman was found dead in her living room, caught in a fire caused by an electrical problem.
In Dixie county on Saturday, 48 year old Linda Lee of Old Town was found dead after her mobile home was engulfed in flames. But a discovery made after the tragedy gave Lee a chance to speak some final words of love to her family.
Linda Lee lived in a trailer with her daughter and three young grandchildren in Old Town. Lee was the only one home on Saturday night when the fire started, apparently asleep inside.
The family is thankful no one else was hurt, but is devastated by the loss of a woman they called "Supermom."
Jessica Shyer said, "I knew she was in there." She got the call that her home was on fire while she was at work on Saturday night. Her three children, an 8 year old and young twin girls, were at a friends house. But she knew her mother was at home and feared the worst. Her fears were confirmed when fire fighters found a body, presumably Linda Lee's, in the rubble.
Now the family is trying to cope with her sudden death.
Lee's daughter Brittany Perkins said, "There's nothing harder than losing your mother." She says the family has been sticking together, trying to remember the good times and to provide for Shyer and her girls...who lost everything in the fire.
Shyer said, "I don't know...I don't know how to do this without her." The family is searching for anything that wasn't destroyed by the flames. Half melted toys, burned pictures and papers...not much is left after the fire. But there were a few items found...like this poem written by Linda Lee for her daughters. An unexpected comfort in the midst of a tragedy.
Shyer read, "Raindrops on my window please don't go away..."
Linda Lee will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, mother and grandmother.
Perkins said, "Supermom...she was beautiful. She was smart. She was just everything."
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
The family is in urgent need of baby items and clothes. If you're interested in donating contact Heather Stull at 352-513-4231.
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