A Pelham, Ga., family of five lost their home and all of their possessions in an early Friday morning fire, according to the Pelham Fire Department.
The Pelham Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at 132 Glausier Street Southeast in Pelham at about 12:45 a.m. Friday, August 21.
Firefighters arrived at the scene just 2 minutes and 15 seconds after the dispatch went out, but found the home engulfed in flames and there wasn’t much they could do to save the home, Pelham Fire Chief Ivey Godwin said.
“The home was built with fat lighter wood, which burns very quickly,” Chief Godwin said. “We had to call in other fire departments and bring in more water just to contain the fire.”
The Pelham Fire Department was assisted in battling the blaze by inmate firefighters with the Autry State Prison, as well as the County Line, Cotton and Greenough fire departments.
The homeowner, a part-time employee with the City of Pelham, awoke to the smell of smoke and quickly woke his wife and children and they escaped through the back door of the home, Godwin said.
Firefighters are still investigating where in the home the fire started, but Godwin said there is nothing suspicious about the fire.
Godwin said the community is reaching out to help the fire victims.
“With the homeowner being a part-time City of Pelham employee, we feel like he’s family and so it was difficult to see the family lose everything they had,” Godwin said.
Pelham Mayor Laura Beth Tucker spoke with the fire victims, who are staying with relatives for the time being. Pelham officials are also in touch with the Red Cross regarding assistance for the family.