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House collapses in fire in early morning hours

A major house fire broke out early this morning, consuming a north Rockdale home and causing it to collapse. Firefighters also battled a separate, smaller fire that damaged a house on West Circle this morning.

Firefighters received a call around 3:30 a.m. for a house fire in the Lake Haynes subdivision, according to Rockdale County Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Lee.

"When the units arrived, they had flames showing out of one wing," said Lee. "They got in and started an interior attack. The fire had already gotten into the hidden floor spaces and attic area."

"We started having some structural collapse. We had to pull the crews out" and begin a defensive attack, he said. Firefighters battled the blaze for about 3.5 hours.

Most of the three-and-a-half story structure collapsed and was lost to the fire, except a studio and garage that was attached. A pool house nearby also remained.

Several residents were at home at the time but managed to get out. No one was reportedly injured in the fire and no firefighters were injured, said Lee.

The property was located a quarter mile off the main road and firefighters had to shuttle water back and forth to the blaze, said Lee. Walton County fire units were also on hand for mutual aid, including a water tanker truck.

RCFD also received another call around 8:30 a.m. for another house fire on West Circle. Walton County units remained at the Lake Haynes subdivision house while RCFD units responded to the call.

"There was some type of smoke in the attic. They did get in and take it care of pretty quickly," said Lee.

Henry County and DeKalb County units were brought in on mutual aid to cover Stations 1 and 4 on standby during this time.