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Firefighters fight flooded roads to get to house fire

August 7, 2003

Camilla - A house went up in flames, but firefighters had a tough time getting to it. The neighborhood is flooded and there's so much water on the dirt road a car couldn't go through. It turned out to be an obstacle course for fire trucks.

Samuel Robinson has to wear waiters to get inside his Camilla home on Red Bird Lane. He says, "I'm going to leave here tonight. I can't stay here no more. The water is starting to come into the house."

To make matters worst, lightning struck around 10 Thursday morning. Robinson adds, "It sounded pretty bad. I knew it hit something I just didn't know what." A couple of doors down, the Hadley's home caught fire. Robinson says, "It's a total loss, it burnt to the ground."

Firefighters not only had to battle the blaze they also had to go through 12 inches of water in order to get to the fire. Despite flooded and muddy roads, Camilla Firefighters got to the house in four minutes. Fire Chief David Irwin says, "We had witnesses who said they saw smoke 30 minutes before the fire department being alerted."

It took neighbors a while to call 911. Most weren't home because of the flooding. Others, like Robinson, couldn't get past the water to see what was going on, meaning precious time was lost and now precious possessions are gone.

Hopeful and Autry State Prison volunteer firefighters helped put out the fire.

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