Early-morning fire destroys Savannah home

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Three Savannah residents were left homeless overnight after an early-morning fire destroyed their home.

Savannah firefighters were called just after 4 a.m. to a home in the 700 block of W. 44th Street. They arrived to find heavy smoke and flames fire inside the structure. It was extinguished in about 20 minutes, according to Savannah Fire and Emergency Services.

The residents escaped the home without injury. The fire originated near the kitchen and a bedroom, but investigators are examining the scene in an attempt to pinpoint the fire origin and cause, according to SFES.

Firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to neighboring houses. But a nearby home did sustain some heat damage to its exterior siding.

The American Red Cross is helping them with alternate living arrangements. That makes a total of 24 fire incidents that have displaced 33 families in January in the 31-county jurisdiction of the local Red Cross, according to the agency.

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