South Ga. woman escapes fire with kitten

Posted at 6:11 PM, Dec 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-17 17:02:17-05

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL)--A south Georgia woman needs your help after a fire destroys her home, leaving her with nothing.

"If I wouldn't have woke up a few minutes later I mean I would've been dead," said Dena Chandler.

Dena Chandler is heartbroken and homeless, left with nothing but hope.

She now has to rely on this walker to get around, since her wheelchair was destroyed with the rest of her belongings when her home caught fire on Friday.

"I made it out and I said no I can't let Tinkbell die," said Chandler.

She didn't. She rescued her little kitten.

"I went back in there just in time because some of the ceiling fell down on the bed where he slept with me," said Chandler.

Tinkerbell does have some injuries.

"Two of his paws are stuck together and melted together and he can't walk and he just cries all the time in pain," said Chandler.

Tinkerbell the kitten still fighting for his life.

Chandler says she's fortunate to be alive and thankful that her two year old son was not at home with her at the time of the fire.Now as reality sets in, Chandler says she needs your help.

"It's hard because I don't know day to day where I'm going to stay and I didn't eat the night before last because I don't have food," said Chandler.

Chandler says she's hoping the kindness of her community will help her pick up the pieces.

You can reach Dena Chandler at (229) 515-7041.