The cause of a fire that heavily damaged a home in Bethlehem on Aug. 31 remained under investigation a day later, according to Barrow County Emergency Services officials.
According to a BCES news release, firefighters responded to the house fire in the 1300 block of Loganville Highway around 11:30 a.m. and found heavy fire and smoke coming from the right corner of the manufactured home.
No people were home at the time of the fire, and a dog found alive and unharmed on the back porch was taken from the scene.
An interior attack on the fire was begun and the initial bulk of the fire was knocked back, according to the release. Officials said crews battling the fire had to contend with strong winds that were moving through as part of the tropical system that was formerly Hurricane Ida. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire after about 20 minutes.
“The weather and difficult access to the home presented challenges, but BCES crews were able to contain the fire to the room of origin and a surrounding kitchen area. The entire left side of the structure was saved, but did receive smoke and water damage” said BCES spokesman Lt. Steve Rose.
Two firefighters received minor injuries during operations and left the scene to seek medical attention, officials said.