It took 10 fire trucks and 26 Cobb firefighters to combat the fire that began in the 4,500-square-foot home’s garage just after midnight Sunday. The incident happened on Bob Cox Road between Dallas Highway and Burnt Hickory Road.
Tom Gernatt lives in the home with his wife. Family members were staying in the home with Gernatt, including two small grandchildren, but no one was injured.
Gernatt said he was awakened by a noise and found his garage in flames.
“I woke up and it was on fire,” Gernatt said. “We got everybody out.”
On Sunday afternoon, yellow caution tape surrounded the home, that appeared to be gutted. The house was missing its roof in several places and cars sitting in the driveway nearby had turned black from the heat of the fire.
“It’s a tragic thing. Everything is gone. No house. No cars. I can’t even prove who I am,” Gernatt said while standing in his driveway and surveying the damage to his home of 10 years.
Matthew Huston, Gernatt’s son-in-law, said the home’s detached garage blew up and fire spread to the remainder of the house.
A neighbor, who declined to identify herself, said she heard a “hollow boom sound” and looked out of her window to see the home across the street consumed with flames.
“It was huge. The fire was huge and loud and scary,” she said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, said Denell Boyd, spokeswoman for Cobb Fire.