Fire Guts Lawrence County Home

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CADDO, Ala. (WHNT) - A Lawrence County family is left homeless after fire raced through their home this morning. Firefighters say what the blaze didn't consume, intense heat and smoke damaged.

Heavy smoke was pouring from the wooden cabin-like home on County Road 460 when firefighters arrived on the scene. That call going out around 10:15 Tuesday morning. But even as the three fire departments arrived and prepared to fight the flames, the fire continued to advance, burning through one side of the home and then eventually piercing the metal roof. One firefighter told us the design of the house, an A-frame style with a metal roof, trapped the heat and gases inside making it difficult to vent the blaze and reduce damage to the interior.

Firefighters say while most everything inside the home was destroyed, no one was at home, and no one was injured. The residents, Rickey and Maria Taylor, were both working at the time, their baby was being cared for by a relative at another location. There was little more they could do. Precious few belongings were saved. The fire was extinguished rather quickly but firefighters remained on the scene throughout the morning putting out hot spots and trying to determine where and how that blaze began.

Firefighters say they believe the blaze started in or near a downstairs bathroom, but the exact cause remains under investigation.

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