Monroe Co. firefighter responds to own house fire, son taken to burn unit


    Jayla Whitfield (WGXA)

    MONROE COUNTY, Ga. -- A fire destroyed the home of a Monroe County firefighter on Friday, authorities said.

    County emergency officials said Richard Comer responded to his own house fire in Bolingbroke. Investigators don't yet know what started the incident.

    Comer's 12-year-old son was home and reportedly had to be treated for smoke inhalation. He was taken to a Navicent hospital in Macon and then a burn center in Augusta for his injuries.

    Emergency authorities thanked the community for their prayers during this time:

    Your continued thoughts and prayers for our firefighter and his family are appreciated, as well as for his son, as he recovers.

    The family told WGXA that they've lost nearly everything, but it's okay because they still have each other. "Yeah, we lost a house but we still have a family," Richard's wife Corrine said.

    Richard and Corrine's son ran to his uncle Shane's house nearby when the fire broke out around 11 a.m. Friday morning.

    "My nephew is standing there, I open the door and he's crying and hollers, The house is on fire!'," Shane said.

    The call went to dispatch -- and that's when Richard first learned his own house was on fire. "I hated for him to find out over the radio that his house was on fire," said Shane.

    "I've actually seen worse, but it's different when it's your own house," Richard said.

    Corrine said she's feeling overwhelmed that her life has been turned upside down so quickly.

    "I can't just go in there and get my stuff and do my daily routine and bring my kids home and watch TV like we normally do," she said.

    The Comer family and their four children have been scattered and will have to start over. Despite that, they've remained positive.

    "It looks pretty bad, I'm thinking it will probably have to be torn down and just rebuilt," said Richard. "I know it's all going to get better."

    The family is also thankful for the outpouring of love they've gotten so far.

    "You know, you see it happen for other people and you're there for other people, but you never really think things are going to happen to you," said Corrine.

    Monroe County Emergency Services are reportedly working with the Comer family and their insurance company to find help.

    Anyone in the community is also welcome to donate Visa and Walmart gift cards for the Comers for clothes and other necessities. People are asked to go to Fire Station Four in Bolingbroke between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    The address for the fire station is 8037 Rivoli Rd. in Juliette.


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