COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire after a Stafford Ct. home went up in flames.
Columbus Fire Chief Ricky Shores says they were called to the scene at approximately 7:00 a.m.
Chief Shores says the fire started in the back of the home and made its way through the kitchen where there is extensive damage.
There was heavy smoke, water and soot throughout the home when the fire made its way to the roof and attic.
“We’re estimating approximately $70,000 worth of damage to the structure, which is quite extensive,” said Chief Shores.
Thankfully, no one was in the home and according to the Red Cross the family is out of town and have been notified.
Shores says it was fortunate no one was in the home due to the timing of the fire.
“What we would like citizens to understand is that most deadly fires do occur at night time range, between eleven at night to about seven in the morning, that’s really the most critical time for a home fire, that’s when people are the most likely to be asleep and unaware,” said Chief Shores.
Shores says they still do not know what caused the fire but investigators will be on site to determine what happened.
“They are very pragmatic about the way they investigate the cause of fires, so they will go in and look for all the common causes that typically start fires and they look for fire patterns to see how it moved through the structure,” said Chief Shores.
The Red Cross says they will be on standby to respond and assist once the family is back in town.