A brick home in Appling has been destroyed in an afternoon fire.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters were called shortly after noon to 7133 Postell Drive, near Dozier Road, and reported finding a brick home engulfed in flames. Much of the home collapsed inward by the time firefighters brought the blaze under control.
Fire department public information officer Honey Shore said the home, owned by Marie and Hudson Bell, was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Firefighters worked until shortly after 1 p.m. suppressing small areas of fire in the house before they could seek a cause for the blaze, she said.
Though no one was home at the time of the fire, two dogs and a cat were believed to be inside and have not yet been accounted for, Shore said.
Firefighters initially were called to a report of smoke on nearby Morris-Calloway Road before a later call from a neighbor pinpointed the fire on the dead end of Postell Drive.