SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Fire is investigating a house fire that took place on the 400 block of Lawton Avenue, near Greenville Street, Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene just after 3:05 p.m. When they arrived, they found the residence fully engulfed with a heavy fire load and dense smoke, which could be seen from the Truman Parkway.
Crews attacked the flames from all angles and were able to bring the fire under control only after the home sustained extensive damage. The flames also damaged two vehicles parked near the home. Heat from the fire also extended to a neighboring house, with sustained minor damage.
Investigators say one resident was home at the time of the fire. He was able to escape without injury. No other injuries were reported. The resident is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.
With warmer temperatures, Savannah Fire didn't want to take any chances for any heat-related injuries for firefighters, so they brought in reinforcements.
"The on-scene commander called for an additional engine company to come so they could be here and relieve some of the firefighters who were inside, even some of the firefighters who were outside fighting it defensively, outside in the back. You've got to have those rotations," said Mark Keller, Savannah Fire & Emergency Services.
Savannah Fire continues their investigation into the cause and origin.