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Fire victim shares heartbreaking story

Lightning destroys house in Choctaw County
Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 4:04 PM CDT
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CHOCTAW COUNTY, Ala. (WTOK) - It’s been a tough week for a Choctaw County woman who lost her home in a fire. Lightning struck Patricia Thompkins house last Tuesday. Everything Thompkins owned burned to the ground.

Thompkins said this is one of the toughest challenges she’s had to deal with. She lived in the house for 32 years.

“I was speechless. I had to try to imagine in my mind what it looked like before I got here where I wouldn’t be in such a shock. It is a hurting feeling to lose everything you got, but I thank God that I didn’t lose me. I can get another house and more furniture. I thank God that he allowed me not to be here,” said Thompkins.

The fire happened Tuesday night at Thompkins house on highway 17 north of the Jachin community. Lightning struck a light pole during an afternoon thunderstorm.

She lost everything- personal belongings, clothes, appliances, dishes, furniture- and even her car.

“I didn’t know what to think. It was a shock. I imagined how it would be. When I came home, I came here to look at it to get it over with. It is a shock, and it hurts,” said Thompkins.

She also lost pieces of her life in the fire- memories, and keepsakes that were so important to her. Thompkins’s most valuable possession- her bible- was also damaged.

“Most of all my bibles got destroyed. I know I can get other bibles, but I had a bible from my grandmother. That was very important to me,” said Thompkins.

Thompkins wasn’t home when the fire started. She says she’s grateful to be alive. She’ll rely on her faith in God to get her through these tough times.

“I just take one day at a time. I pray and hear from God. People ask me what are you going to do? I say it’s not what I am going to do, but it’s what God’s going to do, said Thompkins.

Thompkins is staying with her sister for now. She’s working with her insurance company to settle the claim.

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