Worth firefighter fights flames at his home - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Worth firefighter fights flames at his home

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Smack down on Cancer at the State Theater

    Smack down on Cancer at the State Theater

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:54:50 GMT
    Wrestlers from all over Georgia and Florida were in town for the Smack Down on Cancer Event at the state theater. More >>
    Wrestlers from all over Georgia and Florida were in town for the Smack Down on Cancer Event at the state theater. More >>
  • Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:59:05 GMT
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South GeorgiaMore >>
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South Georgia Technical College.More >>
  • Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:32:11 GMT
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. He says he's had the siding redone several times.More >>
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. More >>

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

January 5, 2008

WORTH COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Captain Ray Salter has been fighting fires for almost 10 years, but never thought he would be taking down flames at his own home.

A Worth County fire truck could barely be seen as thick smoke, and flames engulfed the brick home at 2309 Wright Chapel Road. "Upon arrival the house was fully involved," said Assistant Fire Chief, Jason Brooks.

And that fire kept crews busy hours after they arrived. "We had over 20 firefighters on scene and it took us about 30 to 40 minutes to get it under control," said Brooks. "We are still hitting some hot spots right now. The fire is contained, but we are still hitting some hot spots."

Shock was on the faces of family and neighbors who helped salvage the little that wasn't destroyed. "It's a total loss," said Brooks.

But pain also struck the faces of the firefighters who took on those flames head on. "It's a home of a fellow firefighter. And it is a real tragedy especially when its one of your own. He lost everything really," said Brooks.

Luckily, no one was hurt during the fire. "The family wasn't home. He was actually on shift this morning and had to actually respond to his own house fire," said Brooks.

But the hurt was hard to deny for everyone involved. "It's a little different, and it kind of hits home. We are like a family, and it affects all of us."

Now investigators are working to find the cause of that fire, "at this time it is undetermined," as they help one of their own get back on his feet.

The Salter family does have insurance, but the Worth County fire department is collecting supplies to help them. Anyone interested in contributing can call the Worth County fire department at 229-776-8223.

Feedback

Powered by WorldNow