Fri­day night fire de­stroys lo­cal busi­ness Cause of blaze cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tyler Smith

Two men were in­jured and most of the build­ing hous­ing Burgess Amuse­ment and Spe­cial Events was de­stroyed Fri­day night in a blaz­ing in­ferno.

New­ton County Fire Mar­shal Tim Smith said the cause of the fire was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and that the build­ing was a to­tal loss.

When the first fire unit ar­rived about 15 min­utes af­ter the ini­tial call, they re­port­edly at­tempted to en­ter the build­ing and ex­tin­guish the fire, but the fire­fight­ers were soon driven back into a de­fen­sive mode, Smith said.

The fire­fight­ers were then able to con­tain the blaze to the sin­gle build­ing. By 10:45 p.m. the fire was un­der con­trol, Smith said.

Two work­ers were in­jured in the fire, with each vic­tim suf­fer- ing burns to their faces. One of the men was air­lifted to Grady Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in At­lanta while the other man was trans­ported to the New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Smith said nei­ther man was se­ri­ously in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s Web site, Burgess Amuse­ment has been owned and op­er­ated by Ron Dudik, Jr. since 1997. The com­pany rents party sup­plies in­clud­ing in­flat­a­bles and car­ni­val rides and games.

Justin Morgan, whose fam­ily rented the build­ing to Burgess Amuse­ment, said Dudik had spent the last 10 years col­lect­ing vin­tage theme park rides for his busi­ness, most of which were lost in the fire.

“It’s re­ally a shame; he’s put a lot of hard work into his busi­ness,” Morgan said.

Morgan said he and oth­ers aided fire­fight­ers in ex­tin­guish­ing the blaze by work­ing from be­hind the build­ing while the fire­fight­ers sprayed down the front.

The cause of the fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said Smith.

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