Hall County firefighters were hampered by the snowy weather Monday as they responded to a house fire that caused first- and second-degree burns to a man in his mid-50s, officials said.
The man, who was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center but wasn't identified, burned his arms and face in the fire that happened shortly before 11 a.m. in the 6500 block of Dahlonega Highway, Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said.
Kimbrell said snowy weather and road conditions delayed the department's response time.
"The roads are just so slick and our vehicles aren't magic," Kimbrell said.
Kimbrell said chains were used Monday on the fire trucks' tires for better traction. The trucks don't have four-wheel drive, he said.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the 1800-square-foot brick structure full of smoke and were having a difficult time extinguishing the fire because of the weather, Kimbrell said. The man was the only person home at the time, and the house received extensive fire and smoke damage.
The fire remained under investigation, he said.
Firefighters otherwise were having a relatively quiet Monday, Kimbrell said at midday.
People staying off the roads was helpful, he said, and he hopes that will continue until driving conditions improve.