Upon arrival, fire officials found a large residential structure heavily involved with flames showing above the roof line. The fire was aggressively attacked and brought under control in just under three hours, a press release stated.
No citizens were injured during the fire, however two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and released from Cartersville Medical Center.
A total of three engines, one tower and one rescue squad, along with personnel, were dispatched to the scene. The origin and cause are under investigation.
“To my knowledge, no [we do not know how it started]. No idea,” Lt. Chris Edge said.
According to Cartersville Fire Chief Scott Carter, “We attempted an offensive attack, however we were not able to make it into the interior due to the intensity of the fire. We then had to focus our attention in a defensive posture and ensure that there was no damage to the surrounding structure.”
“The wind did begin to create some issues with spot fire in nearby vacant lots and surroundings,” Carter added.
The 8,374-square-foot home was valued at $619,300, according to the Bartow County Tax Assessor’s website. The residence, built in 2007, was deemed a total loss.