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Fire takes top floor of home

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Firefighters arrived at the 6000 block of Hardup Road and found a two-story, four-bedroom home spewing flames and smoke from its roof Tuesday, said an Albany Fire Department official.

There were no injuries, said fire Battalion Chief Marty Leverett. The dispatch call for the blaze came in at 5:55 p.m. and the blaze was declared under control at 6:38 p.m., he added.

"I searched the top and the bottom floors and there was no one home," a firefighter at the scene said. "The top floor has fire and smoke damage. I'd say more than half the top floor is damaged. The bottom floor has water damage."

The start of the fire is under investigation, said Leverett.

Firefighters with trucks from fire stations 4, 5, 8 responded to the fire. A fire truck from station 1 called an aerial truck because of the reach of its ladders to upper floors of buildings also responded to the emergency dispatch.

Dougherty County EMS responded and Dougherty County Police department officers directed traffic off the road and around the smoldering home.