by: Carl Willis Updated:
HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -
More than two dozen people were were forced out of their homes after a fire, fueled by heat and humidity, destroyed their houses.
"All I could do is get my boys out of the house and the
He said he heard a popping noise and realized his home was on fire.
He said he was no match for the
"It was like three to four minutes and the house was engulfed," he said.
Henry County Fire Chief Bill Lacy said his department arrived
However, within four minutes of their arrival, four homes had flames shooting from their attics.
"It's a very hot day," said Lacy. "It appears the fire jumped from attic to attic on these structures."
Fire crews said the day's scorching temperatures played a part in fueling the fire and keeping crews at bay.
"It helped the material to be drier, so it ignited quicker and also it helped with our fatigue and our being able to get in and get what we needed done," said
Firefighters had to
Still, Clifton Jefferies said the only person who needed medical help was his
Jefferies said she suffered from heat exhaustion after escaping their house.
"The top floor is just totally
Late Saturday night the seven affected families salvaged what they could.
Their only comfort is no one was seriously hurt.
"Everybody lost something, whether it's sentimental or not, but we still have life," said James Hudson. "So, I just thank God that my boys are all right. I thank God that each family out here is all right. We each have somewhere to go."
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