Raining by fire
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Happen to the George Ponsell Family
George Ponsell and his family have experienced a series of unfortunate events since Dec. 22, 2017. A vehicle ran into the back of his pickup truck while he was stopped at a red light on Spur 25 in Glynn County. His truck burst into flames and 35 percent of his body was severely burned. He spent weeks at the Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta undergoing multiple surgeries.
Since the accident, George has been unable to work. He was scheduled for another surgery in Augusta on April 9.
Then, the next unfortunate event occurred. It was about 1 a.m. Saturday morning on April 7 in the Ponsell home that George’s grandson smelled smoke and woke up his granddaddy.
With only moments to spare, as described by Ponsell’s daughter, Alicia Edenfield, George, his wife, Lisa, his daughter and her two sons rushed out of the home located on Hwy. 251.
McIntosh County Volunteer Fire Departments with five trucks and a City of Darien Volunteer Fire Department truck and fire fighters arrived on the scene to battle the fire. But, within 45 minutes, the entire home was engulfed in flames. All was destroyed, including the two vehicles parked next to the home.
No one was injured in the house fire and that was fortunate. On Monday, April 9, according to reports, George was in Augusta for his scheduled surgery on his leg from his burn injuries from the wreck.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Ponsells.