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Brotherhood kicks in after lightning damages firefighter's home

Posted: August 30, 2012 - 3:43pm  |  Updated: August 30, 2012 - 4:22pm

The home of a Martinez firefighter was damaged in a blaze early Thursday, and fellow firefighters are rallying to support one of their own.

The home at 2413 Moriah Road, Matthews, Ga., belonging to Keith and Genie Boulineau, caught fire after being struck by lightning at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Marc Peebles, Wrens Fire Department assistant fire chief. Peebles said over 50 percent of the house was damaged and it appeared a wire to a hot water heater melted due to a power surge, causing the fire.

Keith Boulineau serves with Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Engine Company 15, said Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue spokesman Jeremy Walen.  His wife was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released.

A child’s room that recently had been redecorated with a fire department theme was damaged, and members of Engine Company 15 and the rest of the fire department have been donating money and items to help account for the loss.

“It’s a true brotherhood,” said Wallen, who was receiving items at the department’s headquarters off Old Evans Road in Martinez.

“Something happens to one of us and we circle the wagons and these guys are jumping at the opportunity to help out,” Wallen said. “This is a guy who protects this community.”

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