The Item from Sumter, South Carolina on January 15, 2006 · 1
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Help!’ you got to try and help them We stuck together and got them out” Martin was referring to his SUMTER LIFE Library’s main branch closes after today for move to temporal) location neighbor Burdy Pringle who lives at 1139 C and E Road and was quick to use his relatively undamaged home as immediate shelter for his neighbors ' Pringle said the storm “didn’t last but a couple minutes” “ He was preparing dinner when “I heard a whistling sound and the lights went out and I told my wife ‘We better get some candles’ By the time she bent over and got some candles from the bottom drawer and stood back up the lights went out again and I heard a rumbling And the house it lifted the house and dropped it back down” see RESIDENTS page 7a RRSEESEC Family photographs from one of in nearby bushes Agriculture Business Classifieds Dails Planner Fducatiou SUMTERSC - $125 County TOP: Firefighters search the of fury Keith Gedamke The Item the tornado’s victims are scattered 4 INSIDE TODAY S ITEM 50 Fntcrtainment ID Obituaries IF Opinion fiA Sports bC Sumter Life IF 7 A 4D IB 1C k V ?

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