Fire destroys home, 4 vehicles
by JOHN A. WINTERS
A large three-story residence near Senoia was destroyed in a Wednesday morning fire that also consumed four vehicles.
Three people were in the house at the time but managed to escape without injury, authorities said.
“The Coweta County Fire Department was dispatched to 180 Elders Mill Estates Drive at 4:22 a.m. to the report of a single-family structure fire,” said Mitch Coggin, assistant fire chief with the Coweta County Fire Department. “Units arrived on scene to find a 4,500-square-foot, three-story structure, approximately 40 percent involved.
“There was also a fully involved garage with one vehicle inside and three vehicles outside the garage burning,” he added.
Fire Stations 1, 3, 10, 12 and 15 responded, involving 13 firefighters, Coggin said, adding none of those responding were injured combatting the fire.
“The fire appeared to have started in the garage and is under investigation at this time,” Coggin said.
Firefighters were back out at the scene later Wednesday putting out additional hot spots.
Next-door neighbor Regina Tauro said she was awakened by a large sound and thought someone was trying to break into their basement.
“My husband is a retired police officer and he grabbed his gun,” she said.
“I pulled back the shades of our window and saw the flames next door. I ran downstairs while my husband called 911.”
Tauro said the three people in the house were outside, but were yelling for their dog.
“There were several small explosions in the garage and something must have blown a door because the dog finally came out,” she said.
“It was scary. Embers were coming over to our house and we were so lucky our house didn’t go up as well.”
“We’re just thankful everyone is alive,” she added.
In the house at the time was homeowner Dee Bohn, her son and grandson, Tauro said, adding Bohn’s husband was out of town.
One car in the garage, as well as another vehicle and two pickup trucks outside, were destroyed.