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Sandy Beach Road fire cause may never be known

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Fire investigators may never know what caused a Sandy Beach Road home in Lee County to erupt in flames Wednesday night.

It took fire fighters 45 minutes to get the blaze in the 100-block of Sandy Beach Road under control. Three people in the home when the fire started made it out safely. Fire investigators say the area where the fire started was so badly burned, there's no evidence left to determine a cause.

"The point of origin is going to be right at the edge of the breezeway where it attached to the carport and that was based on the home owners statements and what we want over this morning and dug through. Because there was so very little left there we weren't able to determine an exact cause of origin," said Lee County Fire Chief/EMA Director James Howell.

A vehicle in the garage sustained heavy damage. The amount of water needed to extinguish the blaze also made for dangerous conditions. Lt. Alan Harris was taken to the hospital after falling down a wooden staircase and injuring his calf. He stayed on scene until the fire was out then was taken for treatment.

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