House under repair from earlier storm catches fire in Mountville

Published 6:17 pm Friday, December 8, 2017

The Troup County Fire Department responded to a structure fire that occurred Friday at the 4500 block of Greenville Road in Mountville before 6 a.m. According to Deputy Chief Fire Marshal J. Kevin Norred, the front portion of the house was on fire on the first and second floors.

The house was vacant at the time of the fire so that repairs could be made after a storm damaged it in September, Norred said.

“The house had been damaged in a storm back in September, and it was undergoing repairs and renovations, and it was almost complete. They said they were about a week and a half to two weeks from moving back into it when the fire occurred,” Norred said. “[The residents are] OK, they’re OK, and they’re insured against their loss. It’s going to be a setback for them of course, but they’re all good. [There were] no injuries, so that’s always a good thing.”

Highway 109 was closed during the time of the fire for the department to get an alternate water supply. Norred said they had to use tankards and suppressed the fire after an hour of getting the system to work.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time, but Norred said the department does not think there was any foul play. They will have to go back when the structure is cooled down and stable.

“It’s going to be an accidental cause, but we just haven’t narrowed it down yet,” he said.

The weather made it difficult for firefighters, but did not stop them from putting out the fire, according to Norred.

“The fire itself is probably not much different, but the weather does complicate it a little bit especially when it’s cold and wet or sleeting like it was this morning,” he said. “The cold is the biggest deal because all the guys end up wet, and then it’s already cold.”