Heavy fire damage reported at home near Lake Horton


It took firefighters just over four hours to bring a raging fire under control

at a home near Lake Horton in south Fayette County late Friday night, officials said.

The two-story home at 297 Burch Lake Road had flames coming through the roof when the first unit arrived at 10:44 p.m. with a six-minute response time. Due to the lack of a fire hydrant, crews used three tanker trucks to shuttle water to the scene continuously, said Capt. Pete Nelms of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Firefighters entered the home to battle the flames from inside, and one firefighter suffered a minor injury at the scene, Nelms said. The firefighter was treated at Piedmont Fayette Hospital and later released, he said.

The home sustained heavy fire damage in the attic and upper roof area, Nelms said.

The fire, which was reported by the homeowner, is believed to have started in the chimney area of the home, Nelms said.

The City of Fayetteville assisted with fighting the fire, Nelms said. All told there were four fire engines, three tankers, two medic trucks, a rescue truck working the blaze.

County fire crews also fought two other smaller structure fires Sunday, Nelms said.

A home at 177 Morgan Road was evacuated at 4:41 a.m. when an attic fire was discovered. It took less than half an hour to get the fire under control, Nelms said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The one story home had extensive fire damage to the attic and secondary water damage on the main floor.

Also Sunday, at 9:30 p.m., county fire crews responded to a fire at 175 Gingercake Road. The occupants evacuated the home and it took 52 minutes to bring the fire under control, Nelms said.

When the first crew arrived there were flames showing at the rear of the home over a back door. Firefighters entered the home to battle the blaze.

A preliminary review has determined that the fire’s origin was electrical in nature, Nelms said.

The City of Fayetteville also assisted with the Gingercake Road fire as well, and the county appreciated the help, Nelms said.