Fire damages house in Martinez


"Pretty devastated right at the moment; it's just her and her 3 kids. She doesn't have a whole lot to fall back on at the moment."

Brannon Redd lives right next door to a house in Martinez that caught fire today.

"I was sitting on the couch and I just heard the fire trucks and came out and saw the smoke coming out of the house," Redd said.

Authorities said the fire started in the kitchen but was maintained shortly after.

"When we arrived on scene, we had heavy smoke and fire," said Jim Champion, Assistant Fire Chief for the Columbia County Fire Rescue. "The fire spread from the kitchen to a portion of the roof and into the living room. We provided an interior attack on it and it was extinguished pretty quickly."

A woman and her children were in the house when the fire started but fortunately there were no injuries and everyone is safe.

"They were able to evacuate the house quickly and the firefighters went in and knocked it down pretty quickly without any injuries to anyone," Champion said.

Now, those close to the owner said they worry about what she will do next.

"They are probably going to need all the help they can get because she doesn't have a whole lot to fall back on," Redd said.


Columbia County firefighters put out a fire Wednesday afternoon at a Martinez home.

The fire started just before 3 p.m. on the kitchen stove and spread to the living room, according to Columbia County EMA. Firefighters quickly extinguished it.

A woman and three small children who all lived in the home got out safely without injuries.

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