DeKalb County

DeKalb man fell asleep while charging his phone in his truck. When he woke up, his house was on fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County fire is investigating a house fire in Chamblee.

Officials told Channel 2 Action News crews were called to investigate a fire at a home on Hardee Avenue just after 5:20 a.m. Friday.

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The homeowner told Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach that around 2 a.m., he heard a “pop” from inside his home. Then, the power went out.

After he lost power, the homeowner went to his truck to charge his phone and fell asleep.

“I didn’t see nothing,” Vasquez told Channel 2 Action News. “After the explosion, it was very dark, no light.”

After three hours, Vasquez was told by his neighbor the house was on fire. He was sitting in his truck, parked in the driveway.

“I hear somebody call, say hey, and saw the fire,” Vasquez said.


Officials said a neighbor called 911 when they saw fire inside the home.

The homeowner woke up and made it out safely. While fighting the fire, one firefighter was injured after tripping over a hose in the backyard. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor back injury.

“He was working outside the structure and tripped over one of the hose lines and went down two to three steps,” Battalion Chief Patrick Holcomb told Channel 2 Action News. He has already been released, according to Holcomb.

Crews confirmed that the home is a total loss. Everything inside appeared to have collapsed, save the stone walls, which are still standing.

The cause remains under investigation.

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