A Macon woman answered her front door Tuesday afternoon to find flames overtaking her home. Rosma Goddard, 68, heard several loud pops, which she said she thought were knocks on her door.
Goddard said she walked outside to answer the door at about 1:45 p.m. at her house on Sardis Church Road and found the fire. No one was injured in the blaze, but Goddard’s home suffered severe smoke and water damage, and may not be salvageable, according to firefighters on the scene.
Goddard said she had been moving tools to her backyard shed earlier in the afternoon. She said the only possible cause she could think of for the fire is a mosquito coil on the back outside edge of the house.
Sgt. Benjamin Gleaton of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department could not say what caused the fire, but he said it’s possible that the mosquito coil somehow ignited in the midday heat.
“There’s really no telling at this point, but we can’t rule that out since it was only thing she said was around the part of the house where the fire started,” Gleaton said.
Goddard said that when she noticed the flames, she alerted her sister, who was also living in the house.
“I called 911 then got us both out of the house. I’ve probably lost everything, but I’m trying to stay upbeat,” Goddard said.
Neighbor Christy Hill said that from inside her house, which is three doors away from the Goddard home, she could hear the loud pops from the fire.
“I heard the noise, then smelled smoke, and knew something was up,” Hill said.
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