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web posted December 5, 2018
- Mr. Jimmy Delaughter, the burn
victim from yesterday's fire that
completely destroyed his home,
underwent surgery today at Doctor's
Hospital. Mr. Delaughter
received 2nd and 3rd degree burns in
the blaze that also claimed two
family pets. He is currently
in stable condition at the ICU Burn
Center. He is in a
medically-induced coma, after
surgery, but is expected to recover.
According to family members of the
victim, a neighbor heard an
explosion coming from the direction
of the home belonging to Mr.
Delaughter at about 2:45 PM.
The explosion was followed by cries
for help from the
victim. The neighbor
called 911 and went to assist.
He found the home in flames and was
in the process of helping Mr.
Delaughter from the burning
structure when units from the
Merriwether Fire Department arrived
on the scene. Merriwether was
assisted by units from North
Augusta, Belvedere, and West
Side Fire Departments.
The home, built in the 1920's, was a
complete loss, as were all of the
couple's possessions. An
effort has been launched to help Mr.
Delaughter and his wife,
Barbara. Chris Hoffman, who
serves as the Chaplin for the
Merriwether Fire Department has
asked that anyone wishing to help
can make out a check to the Fire
Department. If anyone has any
questions, he can be reached at
There is also an account at SRP
Federal Credit Union that will be
accepting deposits on their behalf.