An east Macon family of five was burned out of their home early Tuesday when fire ripped through the brick house at 3411 Warpath Road.
Karvonda Bell said she left for work at about 7 a.m. and received a call from a neighbor at about 8:30 a.m. saying the house was on fire near the corner of Manson Road off Millerfield Road.
“I was shocked,” Bell said. “I didn’t know which way to go when they called.”
Bell, her three children and her fiance were not home when the fire broke out.
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“I’m just glad we weren’t in there sleeping,” she said as she watched firefighters work in the smoldering house.
Macon-Bibb County District Fire Chief James Wallace said half the floor had already burned down to the basement when crews arrived.
“We had heavy fire in the roof section,” Wallace said. “It was burning all up in the attic and the back side of the house.”
Bell already had decorated for Christmas and had a tree up in the living room, her mother said. The family’s stash of presents was in her bedroom closet, which was destroyed in the fire. The back bedroom was gutted, and flames ate away the roof.
The couple had space heaters in the home.
“Gas is too high,” said Eric Williams, who had his arm around Bell. “Times like now is hard.”
Wallace said it doesn’t take long for a fire to get out of control.
“A lot of people don’t understand fire travels very fast with the right amount of fuel and oxygen,” he said.
Fire investigator Sgt. Ben Gleaton was on the scene trying to determine what sparked the fire.