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Fire claims Henry County home
by Staff Reports
May 22, 2013 01:54 PM | 2401 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
1669 Graystone Drive in Hampton
1669 Graystone Drive in Hampton
This morning, at just before 5:30 a.m., Henry County firefighters battled a blaze at 1669 Graystone Drive in Hampton, responding in 8 minutes to a neighbor's 911 call..

It was declared under control just before 6:20 a.m.

Arriving units were faced with a heavily engulfed structure fire but the whereabouts of the homeowner were unknown.

Although the firefighters were confronted with heavy fire conditions, entry was made into the structure in search of the occupant.

The search revealed the homeowner was not inside the structure.

First-arriving units reported heavy fire in the garage and attic of a one story residential structure.

Initially, fire ground operations operated under the pretense there was possibly a person inside the home.

Despite the amount of fire present, an aggressive interior attack and search was conducted and a knockdown on the fire was accomplished before there was a partial collapse.

"Fortunately, the homeowner was accounted for at his place of employment and there were no injuries reported. However, due to a vehicle located in the garage, leaking fuel, extra measures were necessary to fully extinguish the fire,” Fire Capt. Sabrina Puckett said in a statement.

Two adjacent homes suffered exterior damage from radiant heat.

The origin and cause of the fire are unknown at this time, Puckett said.

"Fire investigation is underway by Henry County fire investigators," she said.

In the last 30 days the fire department responded to 14 house fires.

"We would like to encourage homeowners to practice fire safety in their home and with their families," Puckett said. "If you do not have a fire escape plan, take time to make one, review with all persons residing in home, and then practice it regularly. Also, we would like to remind citizens of the importance of not only having a smoke alarms, but checking to ensure they are working properly. Prepare today to possibly save yourself from devastation later."

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