House fire

LaFayette firefighters were able to save a vacant residence on Friday, Oct. 18, on Cavender Street. The house was in the process of being remodeled. The State Fire Marshal will be investigating the cause of the fire, LaFayette Fire Chief Stacey Meeks said.

Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at a vacant residence in LaFayette.

According to LaFayette Fire Chief Stacey Meeks, on Friday, Oct. 18, around 4 a.m., LaFayette firefighters responded to a blaze at 307 Cavender St. in LaFayette.

The vacant residence had power, was secured and in the process of being remodeled.

The residence sustained limited damage and was saved due to the quick response of the firefighters.

No injuries were reported.

Meeks said the fire is suspicious in origin and the state Fire Marshal’s Office will be investigating the fire.

The fire began on an enclosed back porch.

Since the cause of the fire does not seem to be electrical, the cause of the fire will need to be determined by the state fire marshal, Meeks said.

Meeks said it is suspected that squatters seeking shelter from the cold may have started the fire as a heat source.

“This time of year, you will see more fires when it starts getting colder,” Meeks said. “People are seeking shelter from the cold.”

Mary Catherine O’Bryant is a reporter for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and the Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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