County fights three house fires in 24 hours

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

If you were pre­vented from driv­ing down Crow­ell Road around the time schools were re­leased Wed­nes­day, here’s why: County fire per­son­nel were dis­patched at about 1:40 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Sept. 17, to 261 Crow­ell Road to bat­tle a struc­ture fire, ac­cord­ing to New­ton County Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien.

Upon ar­rival, a 2,500-square-foot house with a full base­ment was in flames, a third of the struc­ture “fully in­volved.”

They pur­sued an of­fen­sive at­tack, knocked the fire down and found the home­owner, who said ev­ery­one was able to get out. A search was con­ducted to make sure, O’Brien said.

He said the $225,000-$230,000 home re­ceived about $180,000 in dam­age to its struc­ture and there was “pretty much a com­plete loss” to the con­tents in the home due to smoke dam­age.

Crow­ell Road was shut down so fire trucks and per­son­nel could ac­cess the wa­ter sup­ply and hy­drant.

The cause of the fire was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, O’Brien said, but it was “most likely ac­ci­den­tal of some type.”

Around 10:15 p.m. Tues­day, Sept. 16, fire res­cue re­sponded to a call at 2051 Ga. Hwy. 81. O’Brien said that house was fully in­volved upon ar­rival and suf­fered a com­plete loss to the struc­ture and its con­tents. He was un­sure whether any­one oc­cu­pied the res­i­dence or if they were in­side at the time of the fire.

The third fire was dis­patched as an as­sisted call around 7:20 p.m. Tues­day, Sept. 16. The build­ing was also a res­i­dence, lo­cated at 22 Bear Creek Ma­rina in Jasper County. The struc­ture was fully in­volved upon ar­rival and also suf­fered a com­plete loss to struc­ture and con­tents. O’Brien was un­sure whether any­one was in the build­ing.

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