On Tuesday, 88-year-old Rosa Lee Ransby and her 4-year-old great-granddaughter escaped a fire that destroyed her home of 40 years. Coweta County firefighters began soliciting for donations from anyone they could find, and dozens of calls came in.
With the community's help, Ransby was climbing up the stairs to a new home just 48 hours after the fire.
"It's just good, you know. I didn't think I had no friends, but I found out I got some," Ransby said.
And after Channel 2 Action News' coverage of the fire aired, movie mogul Tyler Perry visited Ransby's neighborhood Thursday afternoon and pledged to rent her a house for a year, pay for the utilities, buy her furniture and build a new home on her property.
Tyler Perry Gets Fire Victims New Home Fire Devastates Great-Grandmother, Family
His generosity left the family and firefighters stunned.
"It's made my Christmas. I've been doing this a long time, seen a lot of bad things come and go but this is special," Coweta Fire Chief Todd Moore said.
The house Perry is renting for Ransby is just a few doors down from her home that burned.
They hope to break ground on the new house in January. Donations for Ransby and her family are being accepted in a fund available at any metro Atlanta United Bank.
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