GREENVILLE, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - An Army veteran is now wondering what her next step is going to be after receiving a Christmas Eve text from a neighbor telling her house had burned to the ground.
Yakita Hunt arrived to a burned out shell of her former home.
“My neighbor sent me a text message just telling me the house was burning down and I was pretty much like ‘I don’t understand what are you saying,’” said Hunt.
She returned from Charlotte, North Carolina where she had been staying with family and visiting friends for Christmas.
Her house in Gay, Georgia was full of memories, mementos, and necessities from her two children and her time in the military.
“Their school uniforms, uniforms are here. All my mementos a lot of my plaques and medals from the military all of that is gone,” said Hunt.
She said the fire struck on the anniversary of her retirement from the military, Christmas Day 2012.
Hunt lived in the house with her two children ages 10 and 12 and Spice her service dog who helps with PTSD from her time serving in the Army in Iraq.
“You know when you come home you have a lot of stuff you have to deal with, sometimes things are a little harder than you think,” said Hunt.
The Army veteran said she moved to Meriwether County in 2013 and opened a nail salon.
She’s been making a go of it as a single mom in the home granted to her, she says, by the charity ‘Operation Home Front.’
Friends have started a go fund me to help this veteran hit hard by the unexpected Christmas blaze.
Meriwether County Fire Rescue tells FOX 5 News the cause of the fire is undetermined and foul play is not suspected.
“I would love to rebuild I would love to be back here because I love the space, but I don’t know. I don’t know,” said Hunt.
She said she is thankful no one was injured in this devastating fire. For now, Hunt said she will return to North Carolina to the comfort of family and friends.
Anyone who would like to help out can donate online at gofundme.com/wounded-warrior-house-fire-on-christmas.