Crews got called the Ballard Road around 11. One person was in the home at the time. According to fire fighters, the occupant heard popping noises in the basement and went to investigate. There he found smoke near the pellet stove, and saw flames on the back wall of the house. Multiple crews were called to fight the fire.
Georgia Fire Chief Chris Gonyeau explains, "Basically hit it with a large volume of water right away because it was already vented thru the roof, at that point it is dangerous to put the crews in until you know what's going on."
The house is a total loss. Fire fighters believe the fire started near the stove, but the exact cause is still under investigation.