Firefighters initiated an aggressive exterior attack and as additional personnel arrived attempted to make entry into the home. As a fire suppression team advanced a hose line into the home, Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna observed the roof of the home sagging and ordered an immediate evacuation over firefighter radios. Fire apparatus on the scene activated air horns to additionally warn firefighters to evacuate. Seconds after the interior firefighters evacuated, a complete roof collapse occurred.
A water shuttle involving tankers from all six responding fire departments provided over 100,000 gallons of water during the fire attack. Firefighters were on scene for over four hours conducting fire suppression, overhaul, and salvage operations. Units from the Jones County Sheriff's Department and EMServ Ambulance also responded to the scene.
There were no injuries reported to residents or firefighters. During the all-hands fire attack, the second call of a brush fire on Orange Drive in Glade was reported. Laurel Fire Department responded to assist along with a unit from Sandersville VFD. The fire was determined to be a controlled burn by the landowner.