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Homeowner: It could have been worse

Homeowner: It could have been worse

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 10:22 pm

Homeowner: It could have been worse | house fire
“It could have been worse,” said Luann Kirby of Fulton. “It could have happened tonight while we were in it.” Mrs. Kirby, her husband David and other members of their family stood by helplessly Monday evening as their home at 715 Kentucky Ave. in Fulton went up in flames. She said they had left their house to grill out with their daughter next door when one of them noticed the smoke. While watching flames shooting from the roof and smoke billowing into the early evening sky, Mrs. Kirby wrapped herself in an American flag — a memento her father-in-law had given to her husband that was saved from the blaze. While relieved no one was injured, she did reflect on the effects of the fire. “That’s the only house my son’s ever known,” said Mrs. Kirby, who works at Warner Law Firm in Union City. Fulton Fire Chief Jim Hartz said his department got the fire call at 5:27 p.m. and stayed on the scene until around midnight. He said Union City, South Fulton and Martin fire departments were called in to assist the firefighting efforts. He said the Union City Fire Department brought its platform aerial truck to be used from above on Highway 307, which is off Exit 2 of Purchase Parkway. He praised the efforts of the firefighters for saving much of the contents of the home. “The guys did a great job,” he said, noting they contained the fire on the second floor. “They will be able to salvage some furniture, and they saved a lot of clothes and pictures, too.” Hartz said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Published in The Messenger 10.21.08

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