Thursday, January 24, 2013
Fire damages building’s attic
By BARRY BURLESON
A fire at Promise Land in Holly Springs Thursday was contained to the attic area.
Chief Kenny Holbrook said the fire department received the call to the West Woodward Avenue site, formerly the country club, at 2:50 p.m. and was on the scene in two minutes.
Assistant chief Rodney Crane arrived first and the attic area was heavily involved with fire, Holbrook said.
“There was heavy smoke coming from the attic,” he said. “There was also a power line down in the driveway, and where it was connected to the building appears to be where the fire started from.”
Holbrook said the weight of ice on the power line may have pulled it down and caused an electrical shortage.
“The fire went undetected for some amount of time in the attic,” he said. “It had room to grow before being discovered. It spread to basically all the attic space. It really got hot up there.”
He said the attic area is repairable, and there was only slight water damage to the lower part of the building.
Three engines and 18 firefighters responded. They were on the scene for approximately two and a half hours.
Ambulance service was on standby, but no firemen were injured.
Promise Land is owned by Latter Rain Church. Pastor Joseph Selman said the building is the main hall at the facility and used for various church functions.
Chief Holbrook said the fire department has already responded to 12 or more structure fires this year in the city and the county.
In 2012, the Holly Springs Fire Department went to approximately 80 structure fires.
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