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An insurance adjuster measures the remnants of a house which caught fire early Monday morning on Carlan Road.
A patrolling deputy is being credited with saving a Carlan Road family from a fire that destroyed their home early Monday.
According to sheriff and fire department reports, Corporal Heath Watson, who has been with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office about three years, was on regular patrol on Carlan Road, at about 1 a.m. Monday, when he saw the front porch of Bobby and Melissa Bradley’s home in flames.
Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Clark said later Monday that he didn’t know at that point why the front porch was burning. He said there were no Christmas decorations in that area, and Ms. Bradley said they hadn’t even put up their tree yet.
Clark said it is unusual for a front porch to be the starting point of a fire. Clark noted when speaking to the Progress later on Monday morning that he had been on the scene since the blaze but had not had time to go over his notes, so he didn’t have any definitive ideas on the blaze.
The couple and 8-year-old daughter were asleep and could have burned to death had it not been for the deputy passing by, spotting the flames and then taking action.
Clark said, “If it hadn’t been for the sheriff deputy, they [the family] would have still been in there. He was instrumental in reporting the fire and in saving some lives.”
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