Fire severely damages home on Hwy. 16 East
by Wes Mayer
A home on Highway 16 East was severely damaged by a fire early Tuesday.
Around midnight, personnel with the Coweta County Fire Department responded to 1697 Highway 16 East to find 75 percent of a single-story home heavily involved in flames, according to the department’s report on the fire. Flames were venting through the roof of the home when firefighters arrived.
Fire personnel in Engine 1, Squad 1, Truck 1, Rescue 1 and Car 1 arrived on the scene and set up a defensive operation to combat the fire, according to statements in the report. Personnel with Truck 1 attacked the fire with elevated water, Engine 1 supplied water, Squad 1 attacked the front of the home, and Rescue 1 fought the fire on the back side of the structure.
County fire department officials said there was a 100-foot hot zone set up around the structure, and a potentially hazardous power line was located on one side of the structure — Georgia Power employees were contacted and secured the power to the line and removed the meter.
By the time firefighters had the fire under control, the house was heavily damaged, but the fire did not reach the home’s garage, according to officials. The owner of the home, who lives in Loganville and was remodeling the home on Highway 16, was not present at the time of the fire, said Assistant Fire Chief Alan Smith.
Firefighters remained on scene until around 3 a.m., Smith said. There were no injuries among firefighters, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.