Cooper Road home burns

COVINGTON -- Newton County Fire Department firefighters went to the scene of a fully involved fire Wednesday night around 5:30 at 1121 Cooper Road.

According to NCFD Deputy Chief Kevin O'Brien, the homeowner said he had been home all day and was working in the yard when he noticed smoke coming from the back door.

"He went around to the front of the house and there was fire in the living room area," O'Brien said. "When the trucks arrived there was already heavy fire involvement and heavy fire and smoke conditions."

O'Brien said there are no fire hydrants in the area, which is located near the county line and the Hodges Circle/County Road 229 area and water had to be transported to the fire. Morgan County and Jasper County fire departments were called to bring in their tanker trucks.

The home was a total loss, and the only thing left standing was the garage wall, O'Brien said.

"No one was hurt. The home owner and other family members were outside. The only things he was able to get out were a golf cart, a few Christmas presents and the dog," he said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. O'Brien said darkness prevented firefighters from determining a cause Wednesday night. He estimated the loss to be approximately $260,000 for house and contents.