Firefighters Keep Blaze from Spreading to Nearby Homes

A home in East Dothan was gutted by fire Wednesday morning in a matter of minutes.

Little was left of the small wood-framed house on Basin Street after an intense fire on Wednesday morning.

Three engines from the Dothan Fire Department were on the scene, pumping gallon after gallon into the blaze.

Chris Etheridge, with the Dothan Fire Department, said, "It had quite a head start on us. We had a very quick response time; we had units here within five minutes. It still had quite a head start on us and with it being an old house, it's really just a tinderbox."

The older house was directly behind the house of the Turnipseed family on the corner of Basin Street.

Georgia Turnipseed received a call from her son and immediately came to the scene. "The house next door was on fire, so I left and came immediately."

Work was being done on the house soon before the fire broke out. According to neighbors, a couple was hoping to renovate the house and rent it out.

After the fire was out, firefighters worked to make sure debris didn't land and cause another fire in the area.

"[We need an] overhaul and salvage type operations to prevent what we call a rekindle. The last thing we want to do is leave hot spots here and come back in a couple of hours and come back to this same fire," Etheridge added.

Authorities were happy to report the Turnipseed family home will only suffer minor smoke damage.

Fire department investigators are looking in to the cause of the fire.

Arson is not suspected.


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