Personnel from Griffin Fire-Rescue, including 11 firefighters and five units, responded to a residential structure fire at approximately 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on East Solomon Street.
According to the official fire report, the property was a one- or two-family dwelling and the involved structure was described as an enclosed building which was vacant and secure.
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered that the fire had already been extinguished by a neighbor using a garden hose.
The fire occurred on the first floor and was confined to the room of origin.
“Heat from other open flame or smoking materials” was said to best describe the heat source that caused the ignition. However, the report stated that the exact cause of ignition is still under investigation.
Authorities say the material first ignited in the fire was plywood with the use or purpose of that material being exterior trim. Furthermore, the report stated that misuse of material or product contributed to the ignition of the fire.
Lt. Gerald Williams, who issued the report, said, “Engine One personnel ventilated the structure and checked for extension. Fire did not spread into the attic and all was clear. A search was performed to make sure the house was vacant and it was found to be empty. The estimated property loss on this incident was $10,000. The estimated property value was $10,000.”