CLEVELAND, Ga. – A home and outbuilding on New Bridge Road in Cleveland were destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said White County Fire Services, with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland, responded to a report that the outbuilding was possibly hit by lightning during an afternoon rain storm. The outbuilding was about 15 feet from the main structure with a 250-gallon propane tank close to the outbuilding just about 10 feet from the home.
Upon fire personnel found the outbuilding heavily involved with fire with radiant heat and fire damage to the home. Hose lines were deployed between the building and the home. One fire team made an interior attack on the home.
The fire was quickly extinguished and the State Fire Marshall was called to investigate the true cause. The home was equipped with working smoke alarms which did alert the family.
The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants of the home. No injuries were reported.
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Upon arrival, firefighters were advised by the residents that they had pulled back the pinning to the mobile home and extinguished the fire with a garden hose.
The residents stated that they had been out of the state and had just returned earlier that morning. As protocol, the county Fire Investigator – Robert Wilkins, was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. After a thorough investigation, Wilkins stated that there was a short in the HVAC system. Firefighters then checked deep underneath the home and discovered residual smoke and removed some insulation so no further ignition would occur.
The residents were advised to keep the power off until the HVAC was repaired and a qualified electrician inspected the home. The property owner was contacted and advised of the situation.
No injuries were reported and the residents declined assistance from the Red Cross.