Lt. Dan Dupree with Cobb Fire said that they received a call just before 6 a.m. Sunday that a home on Dyer Parke Lane in the Parke Walk subdivision north of Hurt Road was on fire.
When they arrived, the four-bedroom, two-story house was engulfed in flames. Dupree said investigators haven’t been able to determine the cause of fire, which destroyed the house, but no one was hurt.
“There is absolutely nothing left of this house,” said neighbor Angela Talbert. “If someone was in the house, they would have never made it.”
She lives across the street from the home and called 911 to report the incident.
Talbert, who has lived in the subdivision for more than 18 years, ran to wake up her neighbors and get them out of their homes.
“I ran out of the house, started banging on (neighbors’) doors, screaming,” she said Sunday afternoon. “The house was engulfed, fire was shooting out from the back and you could hear the explosions as I was knocking on neighbors’ doors. Bang! Boom!”
Talbert said she was worried that the home might explode and injure anyone in the area.
One neighbor, Emilie Jones, lives with her husband and grandson next door to the destroyed home.
“We were able to get out. My husband is kind of handicapped so we got him out and into the car,” Jones said. “We were blessed because it was a raging fire, so unbelievable.”
Jones’ grandson, Dayven Allen, drove her and her husband across the street to Talbert’s driveway, where they parked and waited out the blaze until firefighters got all the flames out.
“There was a little bit of damage on our roof, on the shingles and some of the siding,” Jones said. “And our fence is damaged a little bit in the back.”
Neighbors on the other side of the burned-down house had some exterior wall damage and a second story window was broken.
Jones said renters live in the home, which is owned by Arlethea Aghaji, according to the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office. Jones said they had been there for a little more than a year.
She didn’t know the residents’ names and wasn’t sure exactly how many people lived there, but she and Allen believed it was an adult, teenager and maybe two younger children.
“They are on their way back right now from Mississippi,” Allen said.
He was told they had been visiting family in the neighboring state.
Amira Price, a 7-year-old who lives with her aunt and mother directly across the street from the damaged home, said she was woken up by the popping sound of the house burning.
“It started in the back, then it was in the garage and it started burning everything,” said the rising second-grader.
After peeking out her bedroom window, which faces the house, and seeing the blaze, she woke up her aunt and they called 911.
Price’s mother, Melanie Williams, was at work when the home caught fire. She arrived home just before 8 a.m.
“When I got home, it was still lightly burning,” Williams said. “But it took less than two hours for it to burn down to the ground like that.”