An early morning fire Dec. 1 severely damaged a west Roswell home, with fire officials describing the structure as a complete loss. The home’s five residents – three adults and two young children – were able to get out of the house safely when the fire was discovered shortly before 6:30 a.m.
Firefighters from the Roswell Fire Department initially tried to fight the fire from inside the home in the 600 block of Canoncito Drive, but the blaze had become too severe and the danger of structural collapse too great for firefighters to remain inside. After searching the home to ensure no one else was inside, firefighters battled the fire from the outside, including using a ladder truck to attack the flames with water from above. The bulk of the fire was extinguished by about 7:45 a.m. Firefighters spent more time at the scene dealing with hot spots and ensuring nothing would flare up again.
The fire caused extensive damage to the attic, causing the roof to collapse. The flames got into every room in the house to some extent. There was smoke and water damage throughout the home.
RFD’s fire marshal is investigating to determine the specific cause of the fire, although it has been deemed accidental.
As the temperature gets colder this time of year, the Roswell Fire Department reminds people to make sure they use any heating appliances in the proper manner as instructed by the manufacturer and adhere to safety instructions associated with heaters or other appliances. Anyone with questions about the safe use of electrical or other appliances or devices in the home can call RFD at 624-6800.