Houston & Peach

Houston County home destroyed by fire

A fire destroyed a Houston County home early Thursday morning, the deputy chief of the county’s fire department said.

A 911 call about the fire at 209 Culpepper Road came in at 1:23 a.m., said Deputy Chief Bill Smith.

The family made it safely out of the single-family, two-story home before firefighters arrived, thanks to a working smoking detector, Smith said.

The family’s pets, however, didn’t make it.

For many people, losing a pet is like losing a member of the family, Smith said.

“That pet that perished cannot be replaced 100 percent. ... It’s like losing a part of yourself,” he said.

However, Smith noted that as hard as it is, folks should not attempt to return to the fire to find a pet. People most often die in fires from smoke inhalation, and there’s only a short window of opportunity to get safely out of the house, he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Smith said.­