SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - A house fire on Culpepper Drive, on the Sumter County side of Lake Blackshear, claimed the lives of two dogs, but no people.
"The call in at 3:51AM Friday," said Sumter county Fire Chief John Ekaitis. "It took an hour and a half to get the fire under control. On arrival, we found the home well involved. It is a 2,000 square foot home, and 24 firefighters responded."
The family of four, Jessi Wade, Zackary Wade, and two children, ages 6 and 8 got out.
Mr. Wade was treated for smoke inhalation, when he went back in to try to rescue the family's two dogs who ran inside the bedroom, but he could not. Their two other dogs made it out OK.
They said the sound of the flames on the deck woke them up, and they have no idea how the fire started at the home they've lived in for 12 years. The preliminary examination points to the fire starting on the deck, facing the lake.
Crisp County, the City of Leslie, Gold Star EMS, and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office responded.
The fire fighters expect to be on scene another three hours. Investigators are on the scene, but have seen nothing suspicious at this time.