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Family escapes house fire

No cause determined

Posted: July 13, 2014 - 12:05am
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A house on Clifden Avenue in Amherst was a total loss after a fire Tuesday afternoon. Two adults and two small children escaped without injury after they awoke to find the kitchen on fire. Photo by Jim Blaylock
A house on Clifden Avenue in Amherst was a total loss after a fire Tuesday afternoon. Two adults and two small children escaped without injury after they awoke to find the kitchen on fire. Photo by Jim Blaylock

Firefighters were not able to determine a cause of a Tuesday fire that destroyed a Columbia County home.

A family of four – a 4-week-old girl, a year-old boy and their parents – escaped the blaze that started just after 2 p.m. in their rented house at 4695 Clifden Ave. near Grovetown, according to Columbia County Fire Rescue Battaltion Chief Anthony Lovett.

A fire department investigator determined that the fire began on the back porch near the back door, according to fire department spokesman Jeremy Wallen. An exact cause couldn’t be determined, though no foul play is suspected, Wallen said.

Resident Antonio Norris said he was at home with his girlfriend and children when he heard a loud “boom.” He went to investigate and found the kitchen door in flames.

“I tried to throw water on it, but...,” Norris said.

He evacuated his family to a neighbor’s house and called 911. No one was injured.

When firefighters arrived, flames were already shooting through the roof, Lovett said. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to contain the blaze, which completely destroyed the home. Parts of the home not damaged by fire sustained smoke and water damage, Lovett said.

Firefighters were able to save a child’s crib, diapers and some children’s clothing, but the family’s other belongings and the house were a total loss, Lovett said.

The Red Cross assisted the family with shelter and necessities.

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