Man rescued from fire that destroyed Roswell home

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire at the home in Roswell.
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Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire at the home in Roswell.

Credit: CHRISTINA MATACOTTA FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Credit: CHRISTINA MATACOTTA FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

One person was rescued from a basement Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at a Roswell home.

Four adults had already escaped the flames when crews arrived at the two-story home on Crab Orchard Drive shortly after 1:15 a.m., according to a Roswell fire official.

The fifth, who was described as an elderly man, was attempting to get out but was physically unable, Battalion Chief Pabel Troche said. The man and a dog were helped to safety.

Two of the home’s residents were taken to a hospital for evaluation after inhaling smoke.

From the time crews arrived, Troche said they were dealing with “very heavy involvement” of flames. The extent of the fire made it impossible for crews to enter the home again after the rescue was conducted.

“Once we make the decision to go defensive, we have to fight it from the outside,” he said. “The fire load was so large that it took hours.”

The house was completely destroyed, he said. Crews were still monitoring for any hot spots Tuesday morning while an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire is underway.

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