Barrow County firefighters were very busy Jan. 10, responding to four separate fires.
The first fire occurred shortly after 6:30 a.m. at 2553 Glenn Jackson Road in Statham. Engines 1, 3 and 6 along with Med 3 and Battalion 1 were dispatched to battle the blaze.
“First arriving crews found the residence approximately seventy percent involved,” said Lt. Scott Dakin, public information officer for Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services. “Due to the amount of fire the firefighters had to fight the fire from the outside of the structure.”
The residents of the home awoke to find heavy fire in the home. All of the family members escaped without injury, but the home was completely destroyed. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the family.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fire Investigation Team.
Minutes after receiving the call regarding the Glenn Jackson Road fire, communication officers received a report of another fire at 308 Wyngate Road in Auburn. Engines 4 and 5 as well as Med 4 were dispatched.
“First arriving firefighters found smoke and fire showing from the side of the residence,” Dakin said. “Firefighters were able to make an aggressive fast attack and control the fire spread within minutes of arrival.
Damage from the fire was contained to the bathroom and the bedroom. The Fire Investigation Team determined the cause of the fire was an electrical event in the bathroom wall.
The American Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the family.
Later that morning at approximately 9:45 a.m., a third fire was reported at 91 Jefferson Road.
Barrow Engines 5 and 7, Winder Engine 1, Med 6 and Deputy Chief Bryan Bullock responded to the scene. “First arriving firefighters found the fire on the front porch of the residence,” said Dakin. “The fire was quickly extinguished and the porch removed from the residence with no fire damage to the home.”
The cause of the fire was heat from the chimney of a wood burning stove.
At 4:45 Sunday afternoon, Barrow Engine 5 also responded to a Jackson Trail address to assist the West Jackson Fire Department with another structure fire.
“It was a very busy day for firefighters in Barrow County,” Dakin said. “Firefighters faced many challenges including frigid cold temperatures and several fires going on at the same time. We want to thank Winder Fire Department for assisting us with coverage while on the two calls.”