A Winder couple was injured Monday evening in a fire that began after the man backed up to an electric heater that ignited his shirt. Winder Fire Chief Ray Mattison said the call came in at 6:29 p.m., and firefighters arriving at the house at 70 King St. saw light smoke coming from the residence.
The fire was contained to one room and was quickly extinguished.
The man received second- and third-degree burns to a portion of his back and was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center. The woman, who received second-degree burns to her hands while trying to remove the man’s shirt, was treated at Barrow Medical Center, Mattison said.
Over the weekend, Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services responded to two other fires that caused moderate to extensive damage to the homes.
The first was at 9:30 p.m. Friday at a duplex at 271 E. Wright Street. Assisted by Winder firefighters, the blaze was quickly extinguished and did not spread to the other side of the duplex, according to a press release.
Then just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, county firefighters responded to a trailer fire at 316 Carter Road and brought it under control within 15 minutes.
Two rooms in the single-wide trailer were damaged by the fire, and the residence had extensive smoke damage.
The causes of the two county fires are under investigation.