“I heard him yelling and I got up and I looked out the window and I saw the back of the house on fire,” said Sirena Escalante. “I got up, woke up my grandmother, told her that she needed to get her purse and go outside.”
Denell Boyd with Cobb Fire said firefighters received a phone call just before 2:15 a.m. Sunday that the one-story home on Cowan Road in Acworth was on fire.
“When the call came in, it was a fully involved house fire,” Boyd said Sunday afternoon.
“All occupants were cleared of the structure but we did call in an investigator because we were concerned about the suspicious cause of the ignition.”
Boyd said there was no electric or gas services connected to the house at the time of the fire.
Firefighters got the fire under control in about 30 minutes but were on the scene for more than three hours checking fire hotspots.
Escalante is the one who called 911 about the blaze.
“I asked my neighbor if he had called anybody yet and he was acting like he was having a panic attack,” she said. “He was telling me to call someone.”
She wasn’t sure what her neighbor’s last name is, but said the home is supposedly owned by another family member.
According to the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office, the home is owned by Geneva Knight.
Escalante said her neighbor and his three small dogs were inside the small home when it caught fire, but that they all got out safely.
An ambulance was called to the scene but only to help take care of Escalante’s grandmother, who was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.
“My grandmother started having chest pains. ... Her blood pressure went up. She was having an anxiety attack,” Escalante said. “She’s still at the hospital (Sunday) but they are waiting on discharge.”
In the meantime, Escalante said she believes her neighbor is staying with family in the area and was told that investigators would be coming back to the home later to try and determine what caused the fire.
Cobb assisting Atlanta firefighters
In other news, Boyd said two of Cobb Fire’s engines were assisting Atlanta firefighters Sunday while they battled a large fire.
“We are covering two of their stations while they take care of the condo fire in Buckhead,” she said Sunday. “I guess they were so overwhelmed with so many pieces of equipment on their fire, they needed help with their stations.”
About 120 firefighters from the Atlanta Fire Department were on the scene of a four-story apartment complex fire at The Metropolitan at Buckhead complex at 3200 Lenox Road Sunday. The fire reportedly started shortly after 7:15 a.m.
According to news reports, about 35 units were involved in the blaze and the fire department believes it to be a total loss.
Lenox Road was closed from Lenox Square Mall to Canter Road while firefighters were on scene.
Boyd said Cobb Fire has a mutual aid agreement with other metro Atlanta departments in cases like this.
“We help them and they help us,” she said. “We do it a lot with the City of Marietta and Austell Fire and our Hazmat team also does it a lot with other departments.”