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Fire destroys Holmes Creek home
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County firefighters were presented with a unique set of problems in their attempts to save this structure on Bruer Drive at the bottom of Holmes Creek Hill. Problems with access to the house, owned by Timothy and Tina Dedman of Lebanon, along with the fact that lack of cell service in the hollow, prevented the blaze from being reported right away. The house was totally destroyed in the blaze. - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
A house fire at the bottom of Holmes Creek Road presented a unique set of problems for the DeKalb County Fire Department Saturday.Not only was the structure at 500 Bruer Drive located at the end of a steep, narrow drive, efforts were also hampered by the fact that a neighbor who first spotted the blaze had to drive to the top of Holmes Creek Hill to receive cell service before he could contact emergency personnel.The home, owned by Timothy and Tina Dedman of Lebanon caught fire around 12:30 p.m. was destroyed by the fire, the fire department managed to extinguish the blaze without damage to nearby structures, and kept the flames from spreading to nearby wooded areas.Fire Chief Donny Green told the Review at the scene that there was no one at home at the time of the conflagration, and that problems with access to the structure were a thorn in the department’s side while trying to fight the fire.“We definitely have an egress problem.” Green said. “There’s not much room to work with up in here.”The cause of the fire is being investigated.