COVINGTON -- A disabled elderly woman died in a fire at 135 Trotters Walk on Thursday morning, according to the Newton County Fire Service.
The victim called 911 at 8:46 a.m., telling 911 dispatchers her home was on fire and she could not escape. Units were on the scene in seven minutes but were too late to save the woman.
"The call was received at 8:46. We were en route at 8:48 and arrived at 8:53," said NCFS Deputy Chief Tim Smith. "911 did a great job of keeping her on the phone and getting the location of where she was at. When we got there, fire was coming from the first and second floors at the rear of the house."
Smith described the frame and brick house as consisting of "a story and a half." Trotters Walk is located in the western side of the county, off Brown Bridge Road, near the Rockdale County line.
"We made entry into the residence through the front window and the front door at the staircase," he said. "We did a search and found the victim in a front bedroom on the second floor."
The woman was transported to Newton Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death, Smith said. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Smith said there was also a 17-year-old man at the residence at the time of the blaze who was injured when he jumped to safety from the second floor.
"He tried to get her (the victim) out, but couldn't. He had to bust a window out and jump from the second story and landed on a van that was parked in the front driveway. He was transported to Newton Medical Center in stable condition," Smith said.
Smith said investigators are still sifting through the remains of the home to determine the cause of the fire.
"Right now it looks like it started on the first floor of the residence and all indications are that it was an accidental fire," he said.
Smith said the cold temperatures made for some anxious moments while firefighters from three stations -- Brown Bridge Road, Ga. Highway 212 at Oak Hill Elementary, and Flat Shoals Road at the bypass -- fought the blaze.
"The road department had to come salt and sand the roads as we were using water, it was freezing on the road and making it hard for us to walk," Smith said, adding that he expected once the cleanup is completed later Thursday, that process would have to be repeated.