A Mar. 5 fire on Loganville Highway resulted in only minor damage after firefighters quickly responded to an alarm call.
At approximately 1:15 a.m., communications officers received a call from an alarm company regarding a possible fire in a commercial building located in the 900 block of Loganville Highway.
Communication officers dispatched Engine 7 to the scene to investigate.
“Upon arrival of Engine 7 firefighters found an audible and visual alarm but no smoke showing,” said Lt. Dakin, public information officer for Barrow County Emergency Services. “Upon arrival of key holder the firefighters made access to the store and found smoke conditions in the rear of the building.”
Engines 3 and 4, Med 7 and Battalion 1 were called to the scene. After further investigation by firefighters, a fire was found near the loading docks of the store in a grocery cart full of bread. Firefighters quickly removed the cart from the store and extinguished it.
The cause of the fire was a malfunctioning heater that had ignited the plastic wrapping around the bread. Firefighters remained on the scene for an hour removing smoke from the business.
“This fire was detected by the smoke detectors and fire alarm system,” Dakin said. “With the early warning we were able to stop the fire before it caused any major damage. This fire is the perfect example of the value of fire detection equipment and why we always stress the use of smoke alarms in your business and homes.”