DIXIE UNION — A Dixie Union husband and wife are alive and well thanks to working smoke detectors that alerted the sleepers that their house was on fire at 4:24 this morning, said a Ware County Fire Department spokesman.
Randy Bond and his wife, Bonita, were awakened by the smoke detectors, said Capt. Brian Varnadore, and then Bond, a former volunteer firefighter, began putting water on the fire with a yard hose and “kept it at bay until we arrived,” said Varnadore. “He gets the credit for keeping the fire down and almost had it out when we arrived.”
Varnadore said that Bond credits a smoke detector for “kicking in” to wake him and his wife so that they could get out safely.
The cause of the fire has not been determined. It may have sparked by some electrical issue, Varnadore said.
The Bond family on Tuesday had buried Randy’s father, former sheriff Herbert Bond.
Firefighters were summoned to the house at 4:24 this morning and arrived on scene at 4:37. The fire was under control by 4:45 and the last unit cleared at 5:59.
Damage was estimated at only about $3,000, Varnadore said, but the house is livable.
“Randy used a water hose through a window and actually toted some water inside to help out the fire before we got there,” said Varnadore.
Assisting with the fire suppression effort were volunteers with the Dixie Union Station, Station I from the industrial park and the Ware County Structure Team. The Ware County Sheriff’s Department had deputies on scene and the Ware County Emergency Medical Service checked the Bonds to make sure they were OK.