Albany business devastated by overnight fire

Albany business devastated by overnight fire

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fire crews battled a blaze that engulfed an Albany office overnight Tuesday.

Around 4:15, a passerby called 911 reporting smoke and flames coming from the building in the 1800 block of Dawson Road.

Crews encountered heavy flames in the attic of the business and spent more than an hour working to get the blaze under control.

Officials said the fire may have started on the left side of the building near the back porch.

"Its just a terrible thing around the holidays and all, it seems like a lot of stuff happens around that time," said Capt. Bobby Spargo

Albany fire crews have worked two fires over the past two days, both of which caused heavy damage.

They said its a tough sight to see, as a family is now displaced and a business is destroyed.

"A working fire normally spreads three times its intensity for every minute that it burns so it doesn't take long for it to spread, especially in older structures," said Spargo.

The Anderson Company is a two-story building that had just been remodeled downstairs.

Employees spent the day outside the business looking at all the damage.

"If you look at it from the outside now, the picture is more obvious as what the guys were facing on the inside. The outside that you see when you go to a house fire is the byproduct of what has taken place," explained Spargo.

Albany fire officials said when they arrived on scene, flames were seen coming from the roof, a fire that was eventually much too dangerous at some points to fight from the inside.

The fire crews said they switched from offense to defense.

"When they are in there, it's an offense when we come out and we start using aerial trucks that's what we call defensive mode. At that time we are trying to surround and drown, we are dumping a lot of water to try to get it put out," said Spargo.

It took about an hour but work still continues as crews monitor hot spots and investigate the cause.

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