100+ year old home burns down

100+ year old home burns down

SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - Fire crews returned to deal with hot spots from a fire that burned down a Sumter County home that was more than 100 years old Wednesday.

Dorothy Hodges and her sister Betty were born in this house that was built by their great-great grandfather in 1859.

Dorothy had brought the home back to its former glory with a number renovations in the last seven years. They had to watch their work go up in flames as firefighters had to go back and forth to get water to fight the blaze.

The family said fire alarms started going off around 3 Tuesday afternoon. A little later, flames apparently started in a front upstairs bedroom. Emergency crews were immediately called to the fire on Upper River Road.

"We are way out in a very rural part out here, and we have to go to certain ponds or certain what we call 'dry hydrants' in the city," said John Ekaitis with Sumter County Fire Department. "We went and did the best job we could, an outstanding job in my opinion by controlling the fire, but the result of being a fat lighter residential structure, that was one of the things that hindered us."

No injuries were reported. Firefighters were still working to determine a cause Wednesday.

Dorothy Hodges says she hopes to rebuild something but the loss right now is overwhelming.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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