KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – As fire recruits got their assignments, and instructors prepared to burn a home on JC Mauldin Road in Killen during an exercise, Barbara Austin watched with angst.
Austin is with the Angel Committee, a group of volunteers who have been working to get the home demolished, so they can build a new one in its place.
“We are a group of people who care about people,” explained Austin.
The Angel Committee has taken the home owners under their wing to do this for them.
And according to Barbara, the family has endured numerous health problems over the past several years, and she believes the home may be the culprit behind much of the illness.
“Our churches are getting involved, our citizens are getting involved, and it has been a wonderful thing for our area,” said Austin.
As the house went up in flames, Austin explained there is still a long road to go until a new one can sit on the lot.
But she remains positive; just recently a business owner donated 50-thousand dollars to go towards the rebuilding effort.
“We still need a lot of money, a lot of help, a lot of people to get involved and come on board with this and help,” stated Austin. “We don’t judge people, we just help people.”
And Tuesday morning, the Angel Committee was there to help the fire recruits prepare for a career in the fire service, while clearing the way for a family to have a new beginning.
To help with the Angel Committee’s efforts, the public can contact St. James United Methodist Church in Florence for more information on donating time or resources.