Perrytown firefighters were the first on scene at the residence on Highway 67 East in Perrytown a little before midnight, followed directly by Hempstead County Deputies. They were met by residents of the house who managed to get out including the owner’s husband, Arnell Reed, who had burns on his back from the fire. Reed reported waking up to find the house on fire. Reed and several others, including young children, were in the house at the time the fire broke out. Only Reed sustained any injuries. Reed was transported by Pafford EMS to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope.
When Perrytown arrived on scene, the west section of the house already fully engulfed and the fire working its way east into the rest of the structure. The firefighters worked to cut the fire off until additional help could arrive on scene. Southeast Fire Department was called out to assist and arrived with their tanker just as Perrytown’s truck ran out of water. With reinforcements, firefighters were able to attack the fire from both sides of the house preventing the fire from spreading further through the house. Emmet Fire Department responded to the scene, bringing another tanker. After almost four hours, firefighters had successfully extinguished the fire and prevented further loss of the family’s property.
Lucinda Howard, the owner of the house, said she was at work when the fire broke out. She rushed home to find large flames coming from her home. She, and a large group of her family watched as the firefighters worked into the early morning to save the house. Howard thanked the firefighters for all they did to put the fire out and prevent the complete loss of their property.