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Fire destroys Sylvestor home


An afternoon fire destroyed this wooden home outside of sylvester. Fire officials say it started in the back of the home after the  family installed a new washer and dryer.

"We got there and there was flames showing outside the back of the house.  We did make an interior attack and stop the forward progression of the fire, it did sustain a lot of damage, it was an old structure built in the 1900s," says Captain John Graddy, with the Sylvestor Fire Department.

A family of three lived in the house.  They're now staying at a hotel until they can find a new home. The house has been deemed a  total loss.  The wiring was old and couldn't handle the output of the family's new washer and dryer.

Officials say you should have your wiring inspected, especially if you live in an older home. 

"I would just advise that if you go in with a new high efficiency washer, refrigerators, dryers, heaters, anything , make sure you get you get your wiring inspected by someone who is licensed, make sure that your wiring, and your plugs is up to date, and your fuse panel can handle the amount amps that it pulls,"says Graddy.

Also, now that the fall is here, check your smoke alarms, and make sure you clean out fire places, and any other heat source you plan to use this season.

"So I wuld advise everyone to check their smoke alarms and make sure they are up to date, changed out, and ready for the cool weather,  and if you do plan on using a wood burning fire place or stove, make sure that its well vented and cleaned out and can handle the ejection of the smoke so the heat won't build up," he says.

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