Salvation Army seeking donations for nurse whose home burned

From Staff Reports

Jan. 21, 2008 - A fire near the Reilly Springs community decimated the home of a local nurse Sunday, and Hopkins County Salvation Army is making preparations to help the woman get a new start.

Hopkins County and Pickton-Pine Forest fire departments were sent to the one-story home occupied by Gail Morris, a local nurse, when a fire was reported at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours but were unable to save the home, according to Jo Marie Neal, director of the Hopkins County Salvation Army. No injuries were reported, but there was little left when the fire died down.

"It's on the ground," Neal said this morning.

Neal said she was still obtaining information from Morris, who was still recovering from the shock of her loss.

Her immediate needs are uniforms and other job-related attire.

"Right now, she just needs clothes to work in, so I'm going to work on that," Neal said, indicating the Salvation Army would pay for the needed work clothing.

Neal said she would have more information on Tuesday about what other needs Morris will be facing. (Look for more information Tuesday's News-Telegram.) In the meantime, people who want to help can contact Neal by the local Salvation Army headquarters inside The Bait Shop at 1702 South Broadway St., or by calling Neal at 903-885-9858 or on her cell phone at 903-335-1032.

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