Albany mother, child safe after house fire

The child spotted fire under his bed
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.(Source: WALB)
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 8:42 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2023 at 1:04 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A mother and child are safe following a Wednesday morning house fire in Albany.

The fire happened in the 2700 block of Homewood Court around 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Within minutes, the fire spread throughout the home.

“We received the call about nine minutes after eight. We were able to get a line pooled and a red line in place to get the fire knocked down as much as we could from the outside,” Lt. Michael Padgett with the Albany Fire Department said.

Waynicka Hunter told WALB News 10 she heard her son calling to her from his room inside the home. That’s when she saw a spark coming from under his bed.

“I was going to look to see how bad it was, and I was like okay well maybe I’ll go and grab some water or something to try to put it out. By the time I walked to the kitchen and got back to the bedroom, it was already engulfed in flames,” Hunter said.

Hunter said she alerted neighbors of the fire.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

“I’m trying not to get emotional, but I’m trying to stay focused, trying to figure out what’s gonna be the next step. I know they say things can be replaced so you know it’s going to come back in a bigger blessing,” Hunter said.

The Albany Fire Department wants to make sure that that everyone knows what to do when a fire breaks out into their homes.

“Get out of the house, first thing, is to get you and your family out of the house and then call 911. Whenever we get in and we start attacking the fire, we start searching as quick as we can just to make sure there’s nobody inside.” Padgett said.

The cause of the investigation is still under investigation.