A Howe Street home was heavily damaged by fire early Saturday but thankfully no one was injured in the blaze, said Waycross Fire Chief David Eddins.
Firefighters with the Waycross Fire Department were dispatched to the house fire at 508 Howe St. at 5:50 a.m. and saw smoke and flames, said Eddins.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, said Eddins.
“Fire had already extended through the roof prior to fire units arriving,” said Eddins. “The fire was mainly in the attic of the large two-story home and was not noticed by the occupants of the home. Someone passing by saw the fire and stopped to alert the homes occupants.”
The occupants of the house were Frank Trusdell and his wife Lisa and their children. Eddins said Trusdell awoke to someone knocking at his door and the person told him the house was on fire. Friends said it was a taxi driver.
“He ran back through and got everyone out but said there was no smoke or anything inside the house,” said Eddins. “It was at that time in the attic.”
No one was injured, Eddins said, however, the house was extensively damaged. A dollar loss estimate is not available at this time and the fire is under investigation.
Fire Marshal Ricky Roach is in charge of the investigation.
The local Red Cross was called in to assist the family with temporary housing.
Battalion Chief James Brown was in charge of the initial responding units. The last units cleared the scene at 11:29 a.m.
“We are really fortunate that somebody came by at that time,” said Eddins. “They were very blessed. We are trying now to track them down. They did a great thing.”