Lt. Dan Dupree with Cobb Fire said they received a call at 2:03 a.m. Sunday after the couple at 2119 Sumter Lake Drive in the Sumter Lake subdivision off Murdock Road was woken up by a smoke alarm.
“The caller reported that there was smoke in the house and that they heard a loud popping sound,” Dupree said.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, there was heavy smoke throughout the house and fire was blazing from the basement through to the second story.
“We ended up evacuating all of our people and knocked (the fire) out from the outside,” Dupree continued.
The second floor of the home eventually collapsed and it ended up taking firefighters about three hours to get the fire under control.
“We were still there at shift change (Sunday) morning at 7,” Dupree said.
There were three people living in the home at the time of the fire but no one was injured.
An investigator was at the home throughout Sunday trying to determine the exact cause of fire, but Dupree said their initial inspection indicated that it could be an electrical problem in the basement.
Steve Mitchell, who has lived next door to the destroyed residence for about 13 years, said he was woken up at about 2 a.m. after hearing an explosion.
“We went back to sleep before seven fire trucks and three or four police cars came screaming into the neighbor-hood about 15 minutes later,” he said.
“Smoke was pouring out and it kind of escalated from that,” Mitchell said. “Once the windows broke, the flames started coming out toward the trees and catching the trees on fire.”
His family wasn’t evacuated from their home during the fire fight but Mitchell said he continued to go outside and check to see how close the blaze was to his tree line and home.
And before leaving the scene late Sunday morning a fire official came over to Mitchell’s home with a warning.
“He said, ‘Don’t go near (the home) or be surprised when it falls,’” Mitchell recalled.
Just before 11 a.m. on Sunday, the home was still smoking, the smell of the fire continued to linger throughout the Sumter Lake neighborhood and the wall of brick on the front of the structure was beginning to buckle.
The homeowner wasn’t home at that time and Mitchell didn’t know their names, but according to the Cobb County Board of Tax Assessor’s Office, the $250,200, three-bedroom house was originally built in 1979 and is owned by Karen Dinkler, who purchased it in 2002.