3 Fires, 1 Suspicious
Homes destroyed by flames
by Wes Mayer
Three homes were heavily damaged by fires on Monday, and one of the fires is being considered suspicious.
Units with the Coweta County Fire Department were dispatched to the first fire at 17 Bo Bo Banks Road in Grantville around 8:48 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Mitch Coggin. Units from stations 1, 4, 9 and 11 responded to find heavy fire conditions throughout the residence and in the home’s attic.
Firefighters remained on scene fighting the fire until 11:56 a.m., but the home was extensively damaged by the fire, resulting in a total loss, Coggin said. The fire is not being considered suspicious, but is still under investigation. There were no injuries to firefighters or residents.
The second fire occurred around 3 p.m. on 30 Redbud Trail. Units from stations 1, 2, 6 and 14 were dispatched to the home at 3:11 to find the two-story home’s garage fully involved and flames spreading throughout the home’s attic. According to Coggin, crews advanced hose lines to the second floor to control the attic fire while other crews worked to fight the fire in the garage. During this time, firefighters from stations 5 and 12 arrived for relief because of the heat. Crews remained on scene until 6:49 p.m. The home suffered extensive damage and the garage was a total loss. There were no injuries and the fire is also not believed to be suspicious.
While units were fighting the Redbud Trail fire, other crews were dispatched to the third fire of the day at 2493 Welcome Road at 4:54 p.m. Units from station 1, 8, 9 and 16 responded to find the home 70 percent involved in flames, and they remained on scene until 7:27, but the home was a total loss, Coggin said. While firefighters were on scene, Welcome Road was closed for around an hour-and-a-half.
This fire is being considered suspicious, however, because the home had been vacant for the last seven to eight months. The fire is still under investigation by the Coweta County Fire Marshal's Office, and the home’s owner is not a suspect because she lives out of town, Coggin said.
Another home in the area of Highway 34 East around Sam’s Club burned down on Saturday, but it was for training purposes with the fire department. The home was donated to the department and firefighters trained in the home as it burned.