ONLY ON 3: Fundraiser started to help 94-year-old woman who lost home

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman is speaking out for her 94-year-old great aunt after a fire destroyed her childhood home earlier this month.

Lucille Robinson grew up in the home on Leapfrog Lane near Leland with her parents. She even farmed the land next to the home. But now that she’s older, Robinson likes to sit on the front porch and listen to the birds, bugs and the trees.

“I like to be, you know, in the fields working and making a garden,” Robinson said.

On Mother’s Day, Robinson said she woke up to a spark in her bedroom before the house was up in flames. Dorthy Bennerman, her great-niece, got an unexpected call from her brother.

“Saying that my aunt’s home was on fire,” Bennerman said.

Another call came a few hours later.

“I was in bed and I heard this boom sound and at the same time my phone was ringing again,” Bennerman said. “It was one of my brothers saying my aunt’s home was on fire again.”

Fire investigators say two electrical fires are what eventually destroyed the home. Robinson’s great niece is now doing everything she can to rebuild that house and the porch.

“This is where she was raised. This is her everything,” Bennerman said. “I would love to see her get back home as soon as possible.”

Bennerman added her great niece was more like a mother figure to her. Due to the home’s age and how it was built, Bennerman said it was too costly to insure the home. The family has now set up a page to try to raise money to achieve their goal.


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