Off-duty deputy injured rescuing residents from burning personal care home

An off-duty Rockdale County sheriff’s deputy was injured late Thursday night while trying to rescue residents from a burning personal care home in neighboring Walton County.

The blaze broke out around 11:30 p.m. in a house on Ga. 20 near Loganville that had been converted into a personal care home, according to Walton fire Assistant Chief Kevin Haney.

Haney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that one of the home’s six residents was already outside when fire crews arrived, and the other five were rescued by firefighters.

The residents only sustained minor smoke inhalation, but the deputy, whose name has not been released, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a cut to his arm.

Haney said the cause of the fire, which destroyed the home, has not been determined.

He said one of the challenges firefighters faced in dousing the fire was that the closest hydrant was 1,500 feet away.