One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation following a fire Saturday, Jan. 11 in Gainesville.
Gainesville Fire responded around 4:30 p.m. Saturday to a home on Pearhaven Lane off of Mountain View Road, where they were told a dog was still inside the residence.
“Upon entering the basement, crews were met with the heavy smoke and heat. Personnel began removing windows in the basement to aid in ventilation,” Gainesville Fire spokesman Keith Smith wrote in an email.
The floors near the front door were weakened from the basement fire, so fire crews did not enter out of fear of a collapse.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in the basement as well as the garage.
“As firefighters were checking the rear of the residence, by opening doors, the dog was able to exit the residence unassisted. Firefighters worked to extinguish hot spots and ensure smoke was removed from the residence,” Smith wrote in an email.
One person was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.
The home is a total loss, and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshal’s office.
Smith said the dog “seemed fine at the scene,” but he did not have any updates on the person transported to the hospital.