Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fire damages commissioner's home


By Pat Cooper

A fire caused extensive damage to a home owned by a Fayette County commissioner on Thursday.
Emergency Management Agency Director Pete Nelms said the fire department responded to a 10:45 a.m. call regarding a structure fire at 163 Lees Mill Road. According to Nelms, an employee of the Coweta-Fayette EMC was driving up Lees Mill when he spotted smoke coming from the roof of the home. After turning into the driveway and notifying the occupant of the problem, he contacted 911. When units arrived at approximately 10:51 a.m., flame and smoke could be seen coming through the roof of the split-level structure. As a result of their mutual aid agreement, firefighters received help from both the Fayetteville and Fairburn fire departments. Units were still securing the scene late into the afternoon, though the blaze was out.
Though Nelms said there was extensive damage to the home, no one was reported injured. Tax records indicate the home is owned by county commissioner Allen McCarty, according to Nelms.
The cause of the fire is as yet undetermined.


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