Fire on 25th Street in Columbus destroys home
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A fire destroys a home on 25th Street, near Hamilton Road.
Firefighters responded to the 911 call around 2:45, Wednesday morning. When they arrived Captain Jeff Victor says, the vacant house was totally engulfed in fire. Heavy smoke and flames were pouring out of each side of the house.
It took multiple engine and ladder companies to put the fire out. Captain Victor says it took about 35 minutes just to get the fire under control. Crews stayed on scene to put out hot spots, they used axes to cut into the floor joists where, fire was still burning.
Firefighters worked to salvage and overhaul what they could while also battling the elements. The storm presented additional hazards for crews on scene. Victor says, lightening is always a concern, the rain slows firefighters down, and wet conditions mean they have to be even more careful. Not to mention, it's just plain uncomfortable.
Another hazard crews faced were power lines. Victor says, flames were hitting the power lines when they arrived, none were damaged.
No one was injured in the fire. Officials say the home was vacant.
Fire investigators were on scene but were unable to conduct their investigation. Officials say it was too dark and dangerous. They plan to continue their investigation later in the day.
Nearby business owners, rushed to their pet grooming and boarding business when they heard about the fire. Manager of the family owned business Town and Country Pet Grooming, Lis Weatherly, says a friend called her around 5:00 a.m. to tell her the vacant house was on fire.
Weatherly says, it's a coincidence that the home burned down. Tuesday, after learning of multiple set fires in Columbus her husband, mentioned that he hoped no one would burn down the vacant house.
Weatherly, hopes the fire was weather related because she doesn't want her family or neighbors to live in fear. She says, the vacant home was already overrun with drug activity and constant in and out traffic.
The business owners are concerned that a declining neighborhood could negatively impact their business however, they maintain that their customers and the pets left in their care are safe and secure.
The cause of the fire has not been determined but, officials say it is very unlikely that weather played a role.
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