Blaze destroys home Monday
by Jessica Loeding
Jul 08, 2014 | 1269 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents, neighbors and business owners gathered along South Erwin Street Monday afternoon as heavy black smoke billowed toward the sky and flames shot through the windows and attic of a single-family residence.

Cartersville Fire Department crews were called to the home at 309 S. Erwin St. just after 5 p.m. to find the home fully involved.

“We have got two different engine companies, a squad, a tower, approximately 14 manpower,” CFD Fire Chief Scott Carter said. “... When we arrived on the scene, we had heavy fire involvement throughout the structure that had already reached up into the attic.”

Information on where and how the blaze began were limited within the hour after the fire started.

“We are beginning our origin and cause investigation,” Carter said. “... Investigators are on the way, which is a normal response for origin and cause. We have begun preliminary interviews with the residents. Upon our dispatch, we were told while we were en route that there was a mattress that was on fire, and we’ve not been able to confirm that yet at all.

“The fire did progress fairly fast, but we will be able to determine a little bit more about that once we get to the investigation.”

Details were not available at press time.

The amount of damage to the structure was significant.

“At this point in time, from what I’m seeing, it’s an extensive loss,” Carter said.

No injuries to residents or CFD personnel were reported. The safety of those involved, he said, comes first.

“... Our first thing that we do with the residents is, of course, we make sure they are healthy, they’re safe and they’re OK, and then we get them into a safe zone. Once we get the fire under control, now we’ll go back and talk to them, actually do an interview with them,” Carter said.