Garage, vehicle destroyed; four displaced in Rome fire

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At least four people have been displaced from their home following a garage fire on Winfield Circle in north Rome early Tuesday morning, according to city fire officials.

No one was injured.

Fire Chief Thomas Iacovissi said the garage and the newer model Mustang convertible inside were heavily involved in flames following the 5:45 a.m. alarm. The fire was discovered by a family member at 8004 Winfield Circle.

“It was heavy smoke and flames visible when they got there,” Iacovissi said. “It’s a total loss on the garage. The fire burned through the side of the wall.”

City firefighters attacked the flames both from the inside and outside of the garage, knocking them down in about 10 minutes. The chief said the main residence sustained heavy smoke damage and some water damage, and was otherwise spared from the fire.

The damage is severe enough that the four adult residents will be temporarily displaced, he stated.

“Everybody got out OK,” the chief noted. No one was injured.

Winfield Circle is a housing development at the corner of Turin and Potter roads. The chief said a neighboring residence sustained some damage to the siding due to the heat from the fire.

Chief Iacovissi said there were no difficulties fighting the fire, though this week’s heat wave was not helpful.

“It was very humid, so the humidity probably caused some difficulties,” the chief said. “But it wasn’t an extended attack” and the firefighters had put out the fire before the humidity became a true hindrance.

The chief said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. He said he did not know if the family had insurance. The chief said at least four adults lived at the residence, with others staying over. The family’s identity was not available.

The American Red Cross said they are assisting six people with food, shelter and clothing following the fire.

Chief Iacovissi noted that the smoke detectors in the home were working.

According to city tax records, 8004 Winfield Circle has an assessed property value of $82,900. The property is owned by Robert and Priscilla Forbes of Ohio, according to records.

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