Sharpsburg home suffers extensive damage in Monday fire
by Wesley Mayer
A Sharpsburg home suffered extensive damage after a fire spread from its back side into the attic Monday afternoon.
Personnel with the Coweta County Fire Department responded to the call around 4:57 p.m. and arrived at the home on 30 Long Point Dr., said Assistant Fire Chief Alan Smith. A total of 19 personnel in two trucks, two rescue vehicles and five engine companies were dispatched to the scene, and firefighters worked in rotations until 8:30 p.m. to extinguish the fire.
According to Smith, many firefighters were required due to the intensity of the fire.
Personnel worked in shifts of 30 minutes fighting the fire and 15 minutes in rehabilitation to rest and rehydrate. Firefighters first made an aggressive interior attack on the fire, but when the fire reached the attic, firefighters were forced to pull back.
The fire is still under investigation at this time, but it is believed to have started on the back side of the home, Smith said.
The heat of the fire shattered the windows on the first floor, rose into the second floor and finally the attic. Due to the open space of the attic, the fire quickly spread throughout the entire home and burned through the roof.
Neither fire personnel nor the homeowner were injured, but the home did receive extensive smoke, fire and water damage. The fire did not spread to damage any area around the home.