A family of five lost its home to fire on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” homeowner Alyssa Bozard said

An emotional Bozard returned to her Orangeburg home on Thursday morning to meet with the American Red Cross.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety fire chief and a couple of S.C. Law Enforcement Division agents were also at the scene. They were investigating the remains of the home.

Fire burned the Hillsboro Road home around 4:43 p.m. Wednesday.

Bozard said she’d left in the afternoon to pick up her children from their day school and dropped them off at her in-laws’ house.

“Not even an hour later, I got a call saying they thought my house was on fire,” she said.

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She hurried to her home wearing a shirt and shorts, but no shoes.

He husband, Alex, was home during the fire but was able to escape.

Everything in the home was a total loss.

The children are OK, Alyssa Bozard said.

“I really haven’t told them,” she said. “They’re too young.”

The Bozards have lived in the home since 2017.

They are accepting donations of clothing and shoes.

The following sizes are requested: girls’ 3T clothes, size 3T girls’ underwear, size 6 diapers, sizes 6/7 and 9/10 in girls’ toddler shoes, boys’ 10/12 clothing and size 4 shoes, 2XL in women’s tops, 16/18 in women’s bottoms, 10.5W in women’s shoes, L in men’s shirts, size 36/32 in men’s pants and 10.5 in men’s shoes.

Donations for the Bozard family may be dropped off at the First Baptist Church Child Development Center located at 2865 Columbia Road, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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