A home in south Augusta’s Apple Valley neighborhood is a total loss after fire this morning.
When firefighters arrived at the home on the 3500 block of Jonathan Circle shortly after 4 a.m. the house was already fully engulfed.
“It was a structure fire that was a loss from the total beginning,” said Battalion Chief Steven Bell.
The fire was further complicated when crews discovered a water main problem that hampered firefighters. City water works workers were on the scene making repairs when firefighters arrived.
Bell said he doesn’t believe crews lost much time as they went to a backup plan -- shuttling the water from a location on Highway 56. Additional crews were also called in to assist.
Firefighters had the fire completely put out by 7 a.m., but all that was left of the building was the framework.
Fire Investigator Neal Brown said it’s too early to determine what caused the fire. He will be going through the home this morning to look for a source for the flames.
Bell said no one was in the home at the time of the fire. The person who lived there works a night job and authorities have been unsuccessful at reaching him.