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Worth firefighter fights flames at his home

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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.

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