The Union Recorder


March 20, 2014

Early morning fire leaves family homeless


A Friday morning Colony Farm Road fire left a family of five homeless.

The flames completely destroyed the home rented by David and Jenifer Wimberly. 

The Wimberlys and their three children ages 14, 9 and 6 lost all of their possessions, money, several pets and clothing. Only the family cars survived.

David Wimberly said the fire started between 6 and 6:30 a.m. last Friday.

“My wife and I were still in bed asleep. She could smell the heat from the fire, and she woke me up,” he said. “We opened our bedroom door that leads to the kitchen. We saw the fire coming from the stove area.”

As soon as the parents got their children out of the residence, the trailer “just went up in flames,” according to Wimberly.

The couple visited the hospital due to smoke inhalation. 

Baldwin County Fire Rescue stations No. 1 and No. 4 responded to the 400 block of Colony Farm Road Friday.

Baldwin County Fire Rescue Chief Troy Reynolds said the 1970s built doublewide trailer was a “total loss.”

“The fire was fully involved when the county got there. It was a defensive operation upon arrival,” Reynolds said.

BCFR extinguished the flames and prevent “hotspots” from reigniting other adjacent areas.

Fire investigators determined that the fire began in the kitchen.

Reynolds said the stove was left on to help heat the home. 

“It could have been some radiant heat from the stove that might have ignited something left too close to it,” the county fire chief said. “I don't know how long the stove was on.”

The family didn't have renter's insurance on personal belongings, according to Reynolds.

“They lost everything they had,” he said. 

The Wimberlys lived at the now destroyed residence since June 2013. 

Northside Baptist Church at 1001 N. Jefferson St. is collecting on behalf of the family. 

“They are doing everything they can to help us,” Wimberly said.

Contact the family at 478-737-7992 for more information.

Local fire officials want to remind everyone to check the batteries in household smoke detectors that could also save community lives in the future.

Text Only
Local News
07-24 Gas leak 2.jpg

School staff were evacuated from Midway Elementary School around 1:30 p.m. due to a gas leak from a nearby tap station. Highway 441 South was closed for approximately an hour as Baldwin County Fire Rescue personnel and Southern Natural Gas employees worked to determine the cause of the leak.

SRC 5.jpg

The Teen Club, as part of the Twin Lakes Library System's Summer Reading Club, and Reference Supervisor Dabney Kinser do candy science experiments to finish up the science themed reading club experience.


Local dancers Shaveta Waller and Synethia Brookins are stepping up to the plate with their new dance business Sensational Steps. The two women provide dance lessons at affordable prices as well as a positive environment for youth interested in all areas of fine arts.

Local Sports
Local Weather Radar
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'