A vacationing Long County man lost his home and his family’s Christmas presents when his residence on the 200 block of Archer Road, just off Elam Road, was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.
Charles DeLoach, who lives in the home that belongs to his father, Long County Commissioner Clifton Deloach, was vacationing at Disney World in Orlando when the blaze broke out.
Clifton Deloach said his son, who was on an annual trip to Florida with other family members, was devastated when he learned of the fire.
When Long County Sheriff’s Office deputies and firefighters arrived at the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames and the roof eventually caved in. Long County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Richard Truman said the fire began shortly after 12:30 a.m. It took firefighters two hours to get the blaze under control. He said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but the state fire marshal was scheduled to investigate the site Tuesday.
Whatever caused the fire had been smoldering for awhile, Truman said. The flames went up into the attic and quickly spread throughout the home, resulting in a total loss.
Inmates from the Georgia State Prison System also helped extinguish the blaze.
A second fire broke out later Sunday morning at Oak Dale Mobile Home Park on Rye Patch Road in Long County. The home was damaged, but is not a total loss, according to officials.
The blaze is of a suspicious nature and the state fire marshal also will investigate. No one was home at the time of the fire.