Family safe, home lost, in Hwy. 85 South house fire

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 12:01pm
By: Ben Nelms

Family members were uninjured in a house fire early Friday morning on Ga. Highway 85 South near Senoia that resulted in a total loss of the home.

Coweta firefighters were dispatched to 3628 Hwy. 85 S outside Senoia for a structure fire reported at 4:46 a.m, according to Assistant Chief Todd Moore.

Upon arrival Engine Company 10 from our Senoia Station advised they had heavy fire showing from a structure well off the roadway, Moore said, adding that additional fire companies from Stations One, Three, and Twelve assisted in the initial fire ground operations.

The family was not injured though the structure was a total loss due to the advanced stage of the fire upon our arrival, Moore said.

The residents told firefighters they awoke to discover the fire in the basement area of the home around 4:15 a.m. Moore said that as the wife left the home with a child the husband attempted to control the fire with an extinguisher. The occupants also alerted the fire department by calling 911, he said.

Moore said fire crews were forced to shuttle water to the scene from about a mile away due to lack of hydrants in the area. A constant water supply was established and supported by Coweta County water tankers and Fayette County water tankers.

“We really appreciate the support of the Fayette County Fire Department in this effort,” Moore said.

Moore confirmed that the area of origin was the basement of the home. The exact cause of the fire is still undetermined pending a more thorough investigation by the fire marshal's office, he said.

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