A devastating house fire, and a man’s devotion, resulted in a tragic loss of life in Lexington, Georgia. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 72-year-old Ryan Gainey, a world-renowned garden designer, lost his life on Friday when he attempted to save his beloved Jack Russell terriers from dying in the fire.
According to Decaturish, Gainey, and his dogs, died in the blaze. A witness saw Gainey rush into the burning home with a garden hose, but he never came back out of the structure. On July 30, Brooks Garcia, one of Gainey’s friends, made a Facebook post about the devastating loss:
The sad news that I share is almost to much to bear. My good friend, and mentor, Ryan Gainey died tragically last night in a fire in Lexington Georgia while trying to save his beloved dogs. It is a huge loss for the horticulturally world, Atlanta and his many friends. I am beyond words.
On Monday morning, the Garden & Gun Magazine Facebook page posted, “We are heartbroken over the tragic news of Ryan Gainey’s death this weekend in Decatur, Georgia. The legendary garden designer and quintessential Southern character will always be remembered for the green spaces he so beautifully created.”
On Ryan Gainey’s website, he commented on what his dogs meant to him:
I share my life with many living things, but few are as precious to me as my Jack Russell terriers, Cracker Jack, and his son, Soda Pop.
The cause of the fire is not yet known – the local sheriff’s department is expected to release more information about the blaze this week.
(Photo via Ryan Gainey website)
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