Mill Creek fire under investigation; three area fire departments, EMS respond to call

The fire that ripped through a Mill Creek condo was thought to have begun in the garage. Photo submitted

At 8:03 p.m. West Macon Fire & Rescue responded to the report of a structure fire at 879 Oak Creek Rd, located in the Mill Creek Subdivision. The first unit arrived on the scene within six minutes of being dispatched and found a large amount of fire showing from the garage area of a two-unit condominium with flames entering the residential part of the structure. There was another, two-unit condominium, adjacent to this structure, and the garage was also involved at this time as well. The crews stretched two hose lines and began extinguishing the fire. All residents were reported to be out of the building upon Fire Department arrival. Other crews performed water supply, salvage and overhaul, emergency services, and other support functions. The fire was declared under control within 15 minutes after first units’ arrival. After extinguishment, units began performing salvage and overhaul operations as well as ventilation operations.  There were no reports of any firefighters or bystanders injured during the call. 

A total of 20 firefighters manning two engines, two tankers, and two responder trucks as well as two EMS personnel manning one Macon County ambulance, and one EMS Supervisor responded to the scene for rehab and stood by to render medical aid, if needed. Condominium units of origin suffered significant fire, heat, and smoke damage and this unit is not occupiable. The other unit involved suffered damage to the garage area, the living unit was unharmed and residents were allowed to occupy this unit once operations were complete. West Macon Fire & Rescue received mutual aid from Franklin Fire & Rescue and Clarks Chapel Fire & Rescue. Their assistance is greatly appreciated. The fire is currently under investigation by the Macon County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Safety Tips

The occupants had good working smoke detectors inside of their residence at the time of the fire.  The smoke detectors had activated and had alerted the homeowners to the presence of smoke. Be sure to test your smoke detectors monthly as well as replace batteries every sixmonths, to ensure that they are working. (Rule of thumb: whenever the time changes, the batteries in your smoke detectors should change also.) Also be aware of what you place in your houses, garages, and storage buildings. Do not place fuel cans near where you park your vehicles, electrical panels, or any type of chemicals.  Do not place wet or dry chemicals, oils, or fuels next to other wet or dry chemicals, oils, and fuels.  Know what you store in or around your house and the reaction they could have near another item. Also have an escape plan and ensure two ways out at all times. Do not clutter entry ways or other ways.  

Submitted by Chad Hand, Assistant Chief at West Macon Fire & Rescue