The fire at 12-C Sixth St. was reported to the Spalding County Fire Department at 9:49 p.m.
“The Spalding County Fire Department responded to a structure fire Tuesday night,” said SCFD Capt. Eddie James. “The first unit arrived on the scene with personnel from Griffin Fire-Rescue at 9:56 p.m. When they arrived at the scene, it was reported that it was a fully involved, working fire.”
Due to the location of the fire — just outside the Griffin city limits — both city and county fire personnel responded via a mutual aid agreement.
“Both departments worked together to extinguish the fire,” James said. “It was first thought to be a vacant house, but after speaking with the neighbors, we learned the property had recently been rented out. But, the tenant, Angelia Currier, was not home at the time. She did arrive on the scene while fire units were there.”
According to James, the investigation into the cause of the fire revealed a problem seen too often during the cold winter months.
“After conducting an investigation on the inside of the structure and speaking with Angelia Currier, it was determined the fire originated with a small space heater located in the bathroom that was accidentally left on earlier in the day.”
Despite the rapid response time of both fire departments, James said the residence was destroyed.
“The property sustained heavy fire damage and was declared a total loss. The Red Cross was notified and assisted,” he said.