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Price Mill Road home severely damaged by fire

July 31, 2020 - 00:00
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    A house on Price Mill Road in Morgan County caught fire earlier this week as fighter fighters from both Morgan and Oconee counties responded. CONTRIBUTED

A recently purchased home at 1565 Price Mill road caught fire on the morning of July 27 and sustained extensive damage.

According to Chief Jeff Stone of Morgan County Fire and Rescue, witnesses called in a report of fire just after 8 a.m. and the house was 60 to 30 percent involved when firefighters arrived from the Bostwick Station at 8:17 a.m.

Stone said the fire hydrant was located at the roadway, “but due to over 2,000 feet of hose having to be laid out, the pressure was greatly reduced and caused a significant delay in applying enough water to gain control of the fire.”

Oconee County Fire was called in to assist. Stone said Oconee County’s assistance and the pressure boost provided by a third engine allowed units and personnel to gain control of the fire and finally make a stop.

Units had cleared the scene at approximately 2:30 p.m., but the fire returned late that evening and firefighters returned to extinguish the blaze.

Stone said in all there were nine units and 11 personnel from Morgan County Fire, two staffers from National EMS, three units from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and one unit from the Georgia State Patrol who responded to the fire.

Oconee County Fire Sent 11 units with 27 personnel.

No injuries or loss of life occurred from the fire, according to Stone. The house was recently purchased by the owners and they were in the process of moving in.

Stone said the State Fire Marshal’s Office has conducted a preliminary investigation and believes ongoing remodeling may have contributed to the fire with the possibility that sawdust from the recently refinished floor got into the HVAC unit.