A quick response by the East Pembroke Fire Department helped save a house on Indian Falls Road this afternoon when a fire destroyed a detached garage and heat from the fire was causing the siding of the house to melt.
Chief Don Newton said all of the department's trucks rolled within minutes of the alarm.
When Newton arrived on scene driving one of those engines, the garage was already gone.
One firefighter described it as "rolling flames."
Newton said crews deployed hand lines and acted quickly to protect the house and knock down the fire.
"It is a great save to the house," Newton said. "These guys are awesome. This is what we train for. These guys do a hell of a job for me. I can't thank them enough for being here during the day. Middle of the day, it's tough to get people out and all the units that responded here from all the different departments, I can't thank enough for them being out here."
The house, at 2023 Indian Falls Road, suffered significant heat damage, but no apparent structural damage.
County records list the property owner as Timothy Franclemont.
"It was a good save on the garage as far as I'm concerned," Newton said. "There were a lot of chemicals in the garage, oils, gases, that were burning fiercely, running out of the doors with water on fire."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
No injuries were reported.
Assisting East Pembroke were Indian Falls, Oakfield, Pembroke, Darien, Elba and Alabama.