Community helps family rebuild after house fire


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A local group is helping a family rebuild after they lost their home and much more in a fire back in January.

Thursday, Carpenters for Christ announced plans to remodel and fully furnish a mobile home for the Sampson family. The group hopes to raise $30,000 over the next five weeks. For more information on how to help, click here.

Mike Ravan with Carpenters for Christ says the Swofford Career Center will pitch in. Someone else gave the land. Ravan talked with 7 News about that person’s decision to donate.

“He said if you’d have come across the street at 2:30 in the morning and saw the man carrying his daughter out of the house with her clothes burned off of her, and his clothes burned off, it didn’t take him long to get sold out to help somebody,” Ravan remembered.

Last week, Abigail Sampson passed away nearly two months after the fire on Abernathy Road. Her grandmother, Naomi Mahiga, tells 7 News the community support has helped them through.

“People I don’t even know have called me and just the love is awesome, makes you feel better, helps with the grief. It really does,” Mahiga explained. “Abby was so beautiful. She had such a good heart. She was just a wonderful person, like I said, when she left us, it took the sunshine out of our family.”

Address for Carpenters for Christ:

115 South Lake Emory Drive

Inman, SC 29349

The home Carpenters for Christ is planning to remodel for the Sampson family. 

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