Athens house fire

Athens house fire

ATHENS — An Athens city employee helped a teenage boy get out of a burning home this morning, according to Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson.

Johnson said in a statement that building inspector Clifton Kirby, who is also a reserve police officer for Athens, was traveling on Nick Davis Road when he saw a garage on fire in the 23000 block at 9:50 a.m. Kirby knocked on the door and couldn't get anyone to answer.

Athens Fire Marshal James Hand said the teen was asleep in the home's basement, and Kirby knocked out a window and was able to get him out safely, the release stated.

Hand said no one was injured, but the home is a total loss. At noon, firefighters were still putting out hot spots.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

marian.accardi@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2438. Twitter @DD_MAccardi.

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