The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 20, 2013

Fire damages Athens home

By Jean Cole
jean@athensnews-courier.com

— A score of firefighters and four engines rushed to a fire Thursday on West Market Street in Athens and quickly subdued flames.

Engines 1, 2 and 3 and Tower 10 ladder truck responded to the blaze at 1306 W. Market St. about 1:30 p.m. and quickly contained it. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire, which started in the master bedroom, was uncertain. However, it is not a suspicious fire, Battalion Chief David Andrews said.

“There were several possible causes, but we just could not narrow it down to one,” Andrews said.

No one was home when the fire broke out, though the homeowner was later at the scene. Andrews said he put the family in contact with the Red Cross for assistance.

The home sustained both smoke and fire damage.

“There was heavy damage to one room — both fire and smoke — and heavy smoke throughout the structure,” Andrews said.

Firefighters suppressed the fire and were clearing smoke from the house by 2:10 p.m. They cleared the scene about 4 p.m. Andrews said.

Athens Police had called animal control to the home to remove two dogs, which were not injured.