HIAWASSEE, Ga. (AP) — Two people died in a weekend fire that engulfed a home in a remote area of northeast Georgia.
Firefighters were called to a burning mobile home before dawn Saturday just outside Hiawassee near the Georgia-Tennessee line, said Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland.
Firefighters tried to enter the home, but the intense heat forced them to retreat, Copeland told WDUN.
“It melted their helmets nearly off their heads,” Copeland said, adding that no firefighters were injured.
The home's remote location made it more difficult to fight the blaze. Copeland said water tankers had to be brought in to resupply engines because there were no fire hydrants, and the area lacked cellphone service.
A woman in her 60s and a man in his 90s died in the fire, Copeland said. Another elderly man in the home was treated and released by an area hospital.
Copeland said he's asked state fire authorities to investigate because of the deaths.