Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fire Destroys Home In Austin Bottom

Authorities say fire destroyed a home in the Austin Bottom community near the Putnam-DeKalb County line on Monday. The lakefront property is actually located in DeKalb County, but volunteer firefighters from several departments assisted at the scene. Members of the four DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Departments responded along with mutual aid assistance from the Baxter and Putnam County Fire Departments. Officials say the home belonged to Martin McGill of Brentwood. No one was at home when firefighters arrived, but McGill showed up a short time later. Firefighters say the two story home was fully engulfed in flames by the time the fire was reported so they could not save it, and spent their time trying to keep the blaze from spreading to other homes in the area.  The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. McGill told officials that the value of the home was estimated at $850,000.