Scott Beam was preparing to leave his home in Chicopee Village early Sunday morning, when he noticed smoke billowing out of the attic of a neighbor’s home.
He, along with another neighbor, sprung into action, knocking on doors to alert occupants.
“Thankfully, nobody was home,” Beam said.
No one was injured in the house fire on 2nd Street off Atlanta Highway, Hall County Fire Services confirmed. While no people were home, a dog made its way safely out of the house.
Firefighters responded to the call around 7:20 a.m. and found the 1,200-square-foot home with heavy smoke coming from the attic.
Crews put out the fire quickly. The cause was undetermined, fire officials said.
Fire crews found three smoke alarms in the home that had been disabled. Fire officials urge residents to maintain working smoke alarms on each level of a home and near sleeping areas.
Beam, who lives across the street, said he was getting ready to go to the grocery store when he saw the smoke.
Noticing cars in the driveway, he was afraid someone was home, so he raced to the house after telling his wife to call 911.
Beam arrived, joining a neighbor who was already on the scene, and started knocking on doors to the house. When no one responded, and still afraid someone was inside, Beam kicked in the front door.
“I got worried. I wasn’t going to let somebody die (in there),” he said.
A dog inside the house that had been barking scampered out of the house. Beam and the neighbor then went through the house looking for occupants.
“Seemed like an eternity before (firefighters) got there,” Beam said. “It may have been a short time, I don’t know.”