An electrical problem appears to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a home Tuesday morning.
County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell said the investigation into the fire at 937 Royal Drive finished up about noon Wednesday.
The fire apparently started at a light socket above the pull-down stairs in the garage, Futrell said. The exact cause is still undetermined.
â€œThe copper wires had marks that would show signs of shorts,â€ Futrell said. â€œWe canâ€™t rule that out as not causing it, but thatâ€™s the only thing in the area that could have been an ignition source.â€
The fire has been ruled accidental, he said.
Five departments responded to the blaze at the home of Douglass and Lesley Reed at 5:32 a.m. Tuesday.
An eye witness told Futrell he was leaving for work at 5:20 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming from the residence.
He said he pulled into the driveway and saw flames coming out the top of the back of the garage. He blew his car horn and knocked on the front door trying to awake the occupants. No one responded.
He went back to his house and called 911 then returned to the home, tried the front door again and went around the side.
â€œThe little boy met him coming around the side of the house,â€ Futrell said.
The boyâ€™s mother was sitting on the ground. The two had escaped out a first-floor window. Neither were injured.
By that time, the flames had spread.
â€œThe fire had fallen down inside the garage and started up the side of the house,â€ Futrell said. â€œBasically the whole side was on fire at that point in time.â€
The house was declared a total loss.
Friends of the Reed family established a fund to help them with expenses. To help, go to any Peoples Bank branch and ask about the Reed Family Donation Fund.