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Mother’s hand burned, hair singed as she carried her daughter out of burning mobile home
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Stormy Dean visits her burned out mobile home Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in the Dixie Mobile Home Park off Titshaw Drive south of Gainesville. Dean and her daughter Jenna, 5, were at home when the fire started early Monday morning. - photo by Scott Rogers

Stepping carefully through the scorched remains, Stormy Dean pointed to the wall that connects to her 5-year-old daughter Jenna’s bedroom.

The Christmas tree withered. The aquarium cracked. 

But that wall, what Dean called “a miracle,” bore no marks from the flames.

“As bad as this fire is, God had his hand on this child, because there’s no fire damage in her room,” Dean said.

Dean burned her hand trying to grab Jenna, a severely autistic child.

“She kept saying, ‘It’s so hot, Mommy. It’s so loud,’” Dean said of her daughter’s words as she covered her in a blanket and ran toward the single-wide trailer’s door.

The blaze Monday, Nov. 26, at Dean’s Titshaw Drive mobile home destroyed everything. Anything recognizable had irreversible smoke or water damage.

Dean tried to go back in and get Blaze, her bulldog pup in a kennel.

“In the 60 seconds it took me to carry (Jenna) down that hallway and start back in for Blaze, it was engulfed and it was so hot I couldn’t get back in,” she said.

Dean cut two inches off of her hair that was singed in the fire, but her daughter made it out unscathed. She said the smoke detectors did not alert them.

As bad as this fire is, God had his hand on this child, because there’s no fire damage in her room.
Stormy Dean
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Stormy Dean and her 5-year-old daughter Jenna are staying at a hotel after their mobile home caught fire, killing their bulldog pup named Blaze. Hall County Fire Services responded to the fire just after 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the 3600 block of Titshaw Drive south of Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

“Another two minutes, and me and her would be dead,” Dean said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but Dean believes it was electrical.

The flames affected about half of the single-wide mobile home and were quickly extinguished, according to the fire department. 

“They carried (Blaze) out and they worked on him for like 30 minutes trying to bring him back,” Dean said.

The firefighters, however, did retrieve Jenna’s turtle, Yertle, who is now safe in a hotel bathtub.

The family received assistance from the American Red Cross and is temporarily in a hotel.

Dean saved one porcelain ornament, and Jenna’s Christmas presents were safely hidden in a car trunk.

After her escape Monday, Dean is advocating that everyone check their smoke alarms and to get out as quickly as possible if they find themselves in a similar situation.

A GoFundMe account was created for Dean and her daughter. The fundraiser had $1,110 as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.

“I don’t want my child in a hotel for Christmas,” Dean said.

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