Newton Fire Service's quick response still too late to save home

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Fire Service was at a reported house fire on Brown Bridge Road within three minutes Sunday morning, but it was still too late to save the home, according to Chief Kevin O'Brien.

O'Brien said the fire was at a 1,500-square-foot modular home at 11759 Brown Bridge Road. The call came in at 8:49 a.m. and firefighters were on the scene by 8:52.

"Fire units found heavy smoke and flames showing," O'Brien said. "Occupants of the house had been awakened by noises and found the hallway and back rooms full of smoke and fire."

The chief said also there was an explosion that occurred as a result of the fire.

"The occupants of the residence had SCUBA dive air cylinders in their residence and one of these cylinders heated up enough to cause an explosion," he said.

The value of the residence with contents is estimated to be between $85,000 and $90,000.

"The fire was quickly put under control, but the structure had smoke and water damage throughout the entire residence," O'Brien said. "It appears as though it will be deemed a total loss by the insurance company."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.