Two Pierce County firemen were slightly injured fighting a fire that heavily damaged an Offerman home late Sunday afternoon.
The home of Ethan and Kathryn Boatright located at 6230 Chris Tyre Road was heavily damaged in the blaze. The house is located on the Patterson mail route, but is close to Offerman just off Scenic Drive. Fire damage was concentrated in the garage and utility area, but also spread through most of the second floor attic compromising the roof beams and causing the roof to cave in.
The fire was intense and hard to get to according to Pierce County Volunteer Fire Chief Santo Niño. Responding firefighters also initiated search and rescue operations until they were sure the Boatrights were not at home and were safe. The Boatrights were not injured in the fire, but are trying to put their lives back together.
“We just ask for people to pray for our peace of mind,” said Mrs. Boatright. “It’s just a hard thing to experience and you don’t know where to turn to.”
Two firefighters suffered from fatigue and exhaustion over the course of the almost six hour battle.
“Two our of our fire personnel were overcome by heat and exertion while fighting the fire,” said Chief Niño. “Thankfully, they are going to be o.k. and thankfully no one else was hurt in the fire.”
Niño did not disclose the names of the firefighters, but the pair was taken to Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross by South Georgia (Grady) EMS, where they were treated and released.
The alarm went out about 5:55 p.m. Sunday and the first fire trucks arrived on scene at 6:07 p.m. The location of the fire caused the flames to rekindle periodically. The fire was not brought under control until about 9 p.m. Fire units remained on the scene until after midnight.
The Offerman/Big Creek, Northside, Southside, Otter Creek, Sunset and Walkerville Fire Stations of the Pierce County Fire Department responded to the blaze. A total of 15 pieces of equipment and 32 volunteers were on hand to battle the fire. Patterson Volunteer Fire Department also responded under mutual aid with a truck and four volunteers.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The home is valued at $127,435.