When firefighters arrived, just before 2:30 p.m., they found the kitchen area of the house engulfed in flames, with fire and smoke billowing from the roof, according to witnesses.
“I would think it would be considered a total loss,” Troy Brawner of the Lafayette Fire Department speculated, explaining that the entire roof was burned and there was heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of the structure.
“We kept it knocked down, so there wasn't ever any danger of it spreading,” Brawner continued.
Adding to the intensity of the dangerous situation, seven Lafayette firefighters were overcome by heat caused by the combination of the fire and the outdoor temperature Monday afternoon.
Red Boiling Springs firefighters were called to assist. Several Red Boiling Springs firefighters reported to the Days Rd. location and others, along with the RBS engine, remained on stand-by at the Lafayette Fire Station, Troy Brawner reported.
The Lafayette firefighters who suffered heat related ailments were treated on the scene by Macon EMS, with no one having to be transported to the hospital, according to Fire Department officials.
No one was reported to be at home when the fire broke out, but the home owner arrived while firefighters were battling the blaze and she was consoled by bystanders, according to witnesses.
Some city water had to be used to extinguish Monday's fire, according to Brawner.
“That's just unavoidable in a case like this,” the firefighter explained.
Firefighters remained at the Days Rd. residence for more than three hours, but the specific cause of the blaze has not been determined, according to Lafayette Fire Department reports.