Monday, March 11, 2013
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The fire was contained to the property at 100 Woodland Ridge Circle early Sunday morning, although a neighboring house did have some melted vinyl siding as a result of the heat. - Special photo
COVINGTON -- Newton County Fire Service got to the scene of a residential fire in the early morning hours Sunday in five minutes, but it was already too late.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Brad Stapp, a family of five -- a husband, wife and three children -- awoke around 1 a.m. and heard a noise. They discovered smoke in one of the closets and fled their house at 100 Woodland Ridge Circle. As it turned out, the entire roof was engulfed in flames.
"They had smoke alarms, but the fire being in the attic, it was above the smoke alarms and they didn't sound," Stapp said.
Stapp said despite the quick response from Fire Station 7 on Brown Bridge Road, when firefighters arrived on the scene flames were showing through the entire roof. The house and contents were a total loss.
"By the time they got a knock down on it, the fire had already taken the roof and burning debris had fallen through the ceiling," he said.
Stapp said investigators have determined the fire was caused by a wood burning stove in the fireplace.
"It appears the fire got into the duct work. It was a prefab fireplace and was not intended for a big fire," he said.
Stapp said no one was injured and the family has relatives who live in the area and were able to find shelter with them. The American Red Cross is also assisting them with their loss.