Fire­fight­ers bat­tle blaze all day dur­ing freez­ing tem­per­a­tures.

A loose chim­ney al­lows a blaze to cause heavy dam­age to a log cabin home on Old Col­lard Val­ley Road.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Ed­i­tor

Ex­ten­sive dam­age was suf­fered and some fire­fight­ers came away with mi­nor in­juries af­ter they spent most of a day try­ing to put out a fire in a log cabin-style home on Old Col­lard Val­ley Road.

Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the call around 9 a.m. on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 17 in the 1800 block of Old Col­lard Val­ley Road where they found a house in flames.

Polk County Pub­lic Safety Di­rec­tor Randy Lacey, who also acts as Polk County’s fire chief for the Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, said that vol­un­teers from his depart­ment, plus those from the Cedar­town and Rock­mart Fire Depart­ment all took part in try­ing to con­tain the house fire.

“We worked all day to get the hot spots knocked down,” Lacey said.

Fire­fighter’s ef­forts were ham­pered by freez­ing lines and fire hy­drants due to the se­vere cold fol­low­ing a win­ter storm mov­ing through on Tues­day night, Jan. 16, and left be­low-freez­ing tem­per­a­tures in its wake.

Lacey said the house wasn’t a com­plete loss, but suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age. The cul­prit was a weakly- built chim­ney “which is a sur­prise be­cause it seemed like a re­ally nice home.” He said the fire took hold when flames jumped into the at­tic from around the chim­ney’s rooftop vent.

No ma­jor in­juries were re­ported due to the fire. Some fire­fight­ers did suf­fer from frost­bite, and others from mi­nor sprains due to slip­ping and fall­ing in icy con­di­tions.

‘We worked all day to get the hot spots knocked down.’ Randy Lacey Polk County pub­lic safety di­rec­tor and chief of the Polk County Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment

Con­trib­uted photo

Fire­fight­ers strug­gle to put out a blaze that started in the chim­ney of the log cabin home.

Randy Lacey

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