West Rome fire under investigation

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No one was injured in a house fire at the corner of West Court and North Jay streets in Rome Thanksgiving morning, according to city fire officials.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Rome Police Department.

Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Reilly said there were multiple calls at about 10:10 a.m. for the fire at 430 W. Court St. for a residence on fire. Reilly said the building has four apartments, and all residents escaped without injury.

Roughly eight people live in the building, the chief said.

“There was heavy smoke in the back of the building, and fire showing on the first floor,” Reilly stated.

Responding firefighters entered through a side door and Reilly said they encountered “heavy fire once they got in there.”

The firefighters attempted to continue an interior attack, but Reilly said the flames spread quickly. The residence is of balloon-style construction, and “once the fire gets in the wall, it gets everyplace,” he noted.

”They kept progressing and attacking the fire, but the fire kept moving to other places,” the chief explained.

The flames took several hours before they were declared under control, Reilly said. No firefighters were injured. He said there were 16 firefighters on duty, and 23 additional firefighters were called into service on Thanksgiving Day to help out at the scene.

”I’ve got to hand it to them for coming out,” Reilly said of the firefighter support during the holiday.

Reilly also thanked the Rome Police Department for their assistance on the scene. Reilly said they are assisting with the investigation into the cause of the fire. Reilly said the flames are believed to have started on the first floor.

Reilly also thanked local residents and businesses who donated food and drinks at the scene.

The American Red Cross is assisting the residents with new accommodations.

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