House collapse in Tucker complicates firefighter efforts

TUCKER -- Firefighters' duties were complicated when a Sunday morning fire collapsed portions of a home in the 200 block of Villa Place Court, officials said.

No firefighters were injured, and the two-story home was unoccupied at 12:34 a.m. when crews arrived. The cause is under investigation. All residents will be displaced, he said.Fire Department spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden said the blaze exhibited "unusual fire growth and intensity" and caused moderate damage to a neighboring home.

Firefighters entered the first floor of the home and extinguished the fire there, but were reassigned outside the home when a battalion commander noticed signs of an impending collapse, Rhoden said.

"During the fire fight," he said, "portions of the back of the house collapsed, which made efforts more challenging."

Rhoden said the fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.