Little was salvaged from last week’s Lawson Federal Road blaze, which the county marshal said was started from a laptop that was left plugged in for too long. The family did not have insurance and is now trying to pick up the pieces. Visit their GoFundMe page “Help Pat and Lamar after house fire” to make a donation. A second GoFundMe page has also been set up for the family here.
No time is a good time for a fire to destroy your home and all your belongings, but losing it all near the holidays seems to make things a little harder.
“All my son’s Christmas toys we’d bought burnt up, and money I had put away for Christmas burnt up,” said Vicki Frost, who recently moved into the east Pickens residence of future in-laws Lamar and Pat Sneed, along with fiancé Mike and four-year-old son Tyler. “But you know, I can
replace toys and clothes. I’m just happy to have my son running around my feet right now.”
Frost and her son were the only ones home when the fire broke out. She and her son had only lived in the Lawson Federal Road residence since October, having moved up from Florida to get a fresh start. The Sneeds, who had no homeowners insurance, had lived in the mobile home 10 years.
The Monday, Nov. 23 blaze spared very little in the way of personal belongings – just a few clothes, a box of mementos, the family’s dogs and Lamar’s guitars. Even the family’s two cats were lost to the flames. The family was put up in a hotel by Red Cross for a few days after the fire, and is now staying with Lamar’s aunt in Dawsonville until they can figure out next steps.
“It’s hard right here at Christmas,” Frost said. “We’re trying to figure out where to rent, we need to tear down the old home, then trying to get clothes and all that, and trying to buy Christmas - but we’ll pick ourselves back up. I’m grateful to be here.”
The GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com is titled “Help Pat and Lamar after house fire.” You can also search GoFundMe by the 30143 zip code and scroll down to find the page. The family will post clothes and shoe sizes for people who would like to donate in that way. Monetary donations can be made on the GoFundMe page.
You can contact Vicki Frost directly at 1-863-273-1944.