Vacant home destroyed by fire
by Wes Mayer
A vacant home north of Newnan was extensively damaged by a fire Monday, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
At 8:45 p.m., the Coweta County Fire Department was dispatched to 124 Drews Ridge Drive off Happy Valley Circle after a resident reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of a vacant home next door, said Deputy Fire Chief Todd Moore. Engine 14 was the first unit to arrive, and found a deep-seated fire in the 4000-square-foot home’s attic. The crew with Engine 14 also walked around the home and determined the home was in fact vacant.
According to Moore, Engine 14’s crew attempted to make an interior attack on the fire, but was pushed back because of intense heat and fire on the second floor.
“Whenever we have a deep-seated attic fire that has been burning for a period of time, structural integrity becomes a critical factor that our incident commanders have to consider,” Moore said. “Structural collapse of roof systems cause many injuries, some of which are fatal to firefighters every year. Safety of our members and those that we serve is always our number one priority.”
Additional units arrived from six different fire stations, and crews set up a large diameter supply line around the home and deployed multiple hand lines to attack the fire, Moore said. The crew with Truck 6 also raised the truck’s aerial platform to attack the fire with elevated, high-volume streams.
Crews were on scene for approximately four hours, and the home suffered extensive damage from the attic fire, Moore said. There were no injuries among firefighters, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the county and state fire marshal’s offices.