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Douglasville, GA - The Douglas County Fire and EMS Department is investigating the cause of a house fire in the Winston area of Douglas County. Douglas County E-911 Operators began receiving calls at 7:11 p.m. Wednesday night for reports of a house fire near the location of Veterans Memorial Highway and Campground Road in the Winston area of Douglas County.
"The first firefighters who arrived on the scene at 7:14 p.m. found heavy flames coming from the house," said Rick Martin, Douglas County Fire Department spokesman. "The flames were so heavy, firefighters initial response was defensive before attacking the flames and working to put it out.." Firefighters soon gained control of the fire and conducted a search of the structure. After a secondary search was done, firefighters determined no one was home. "Firefighters were also able to determine there was no power to the structure at the time of the fire," Martin said. "The utility company confirmed that the house had no electricity, but it's unclear who and where the owners of the home were at the time of the blaze.
A fire investigator was called to the scene. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic as the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway was closed for a few hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Cobb & Douglas Public Health is working with federal, state and local partners to expand COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus) testing rapidly in our community. This week, we are finalizing plans to offer drive-through testing ONLY for our highest risk individuals, who, if they had the virus, would dramatically impact many individuals in the entire community (e.g., healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, nursing home residents). Georgia Public Health guidelines are being finalized and we are expecting shipments of test kits to our community. COVID-19 TESTING WILL NOT BE PROVIDED TO THE GENERAL COMMUNITY AT THIS TIME. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have been directly exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please isolate at home. If your condition worsens, call your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, your local federally qualified healthcare center or in extreme cases, call 911. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. The State of Georgia also has a new COVID-19 hotline for more information - Hotline: (844) 442-2681
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