Fire damages vacant home on Hwy. 16 E

by Wes Mayer

A vacant house on East Highway 16 caught fire Wednesday — the second vacant house to be damaged in fires this week in Coweta County.

Another vacant house fire occurred Monday on North Highway 29 and was ruled suspicious in origin by Coweta County Fire Marshal Jimmy Gantt because the utilities were shut off.

In Wednesday’s incident, Coweta County Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to the abandoned house on 9739 East Highway 16 around 4:49 p.m., said Assistant Chief Jeff Denney. Engines 10 and 15, Truck 12, Rescue 1 and Cars 1, 2, 702, 705 and 706 responded with 13 personnel, Denney said, and found the first floor of the house on fire.

According to Denney, firefighters entered the home through the garage and attacked the fire on the first floor with a one-and-three-quarters-inch hand line. The fire then burned through the floor and fell into the basement, and firefighters attacked the basement with two one-and-three-quarters- inch hand lines and got the fire under control, Denney said.

The home suffered moderate to heavy damage to the first floor and basement, Denney said. No firefighters were injured.

“The fire crews worked hard and did a great job,” Denney said. “The fire was handled and we all went home safely.”

According to Denney, the house was empty, and all utilities were shut off. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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