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Investigators determine cause of house fire

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

PUTNEY, GA (WALB) - Albany fire investigators confirmed that food left unattended on the stove caused the fire. A Dougherty County family watched in despair Saturday afternoon as their house went up in flames.

 The owners, Myra and Jerry Collins, were across the street at a gathering when the fire started and quickly consumed the Dorough Avenue home. Fighting those flames proved quite difficult for firefighters.

As part of the roof fell to the ground, firefighters used what little water they had to control the flames which started around 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

"It's the worst one I've seen, it's burnt completely down to the ground,"said their aunt, Louise Terry.

County Commissioner Jack Stone says installing hydrants out in the county is not affordable. It would cost tax payers millions of dollars.

Fire crews had to haul in water from their closest hydrant more than a mile away. Each truck holds nearly1,000 gallons. Each hose goes through roughly 200 gallons per minute, which means they have to switch trucks frequently.

"We were putting what water we could on it," said Albany Fire Department Deputy Chief, Ron Rowe. "Unfortunately there was a tremendous amount of fire load here."

That's roughly 4,200 square feet to cover.

"The kids are devastated," Terry added. "Everyone is crying. Everybody had tears in their eyes today."

Even though the homeowners can't believe their eyes, they count their blessings no one was hurt.

Nobody was inside at the time. County Commissioner Jack Stone says, even if there was a fire hydrant at the home, by the time fire crews were alerted and arrived on scene,  the fire was so fully involved they still wouldn't have been able to salvage much if anything at all.

The family lost everything. If you would like to make any donations, you can all their aunt Louise Terry at (229) 889-1118.


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