Fire victims grateful for community support

Victims of a recent house fire are grateful to the community for their prayers and support.

Susan Grubbs along with her boyfriend David Smith and friend CJ Knowles were left homeless on Jan. 28 following a fire at 933 Old Whiskey Road. No one was injured, but they lost everything, including four pets. However, a number of people have stepped up to help.

“We thank them for all of their love and support. Please continue to pray for us,” said Grubbs.

Now that the financial support for temporary lodging from the American Red Cross has ended, they need a permanent place to live. Grubbs said if anyone has a camper for sale or other affordable place to stay that will sleep three people to contact her. They also need a storage unit to store furniture and other large donated items.

A fire relief fund has been set up at First Citizens Bank in Barnwell for anyone who would like to donate monetary funds. The account number is 009161101823.

“This fund will help us with meals, clothes and personal necessities,” she said.

GoFundMe campaigns for Grubbs and Smith are also accepting donations: or

Instead of buying new clothes, Grubbs said gift cards are better so they can ensure clothes fit. For used clothing donations, they need women’s 18 pants, 3X shirts and size 10 shoes. Men’s sizes are 32x34 and 32x32 pants and small to large shirts.

Contact Grubbs at (803) 300-5570.