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3 firefighters hurt in blaze

Three firefighters were injured when part of a home collapsed during a structure fire east of Peachtree City late this morning, officials said.

Two of the firemen were airlifted to metro Atlanta hospitals with serious but non-life threatening injuries; the third was taken to Piedmont Fayette Hospital with minor injuries, officials said.
Although the structure collapsed around the firefighters, they were able to get out on their own, officials said.

The fire at 180 Platinum Ridge Point was reported shortly after 11:15 a.m. by the homeowner, and the house was evacuated while fire crews were dispatched to the scene, said Lt. Donnie Davis of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The first unit arrived within eight minutes and saw heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the home.

The fire was located on the upper floor of the house but it is not immediately known how it started, officials said. The fire will be investigated by the county fire marshal’s office.

High winds likely aided the fire, and the county firemen got assistance from their counterparts in Fayetteville and Peachtree City, officials said.

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