Augusta-Richmond County Fire Battalion Chief Ivan Bolgla said when they received the call they were told people were trapped in a one-story house that was on fire at 2431 Apricot Lane, off Eisenhower Drive. When they arrived at 5:45 p.m., flames were coming out of the windows and the roof.
Bolgla said people in the area had pulled two women out of the house, both of whom were sent to Doctors Hospital. Their conditions were not known. They also found a body in a back room.
Robert Lewis said he was visiting his girlfriend, whom he identified as Belinda Neal, a caretaker for the elderly man who lived there, and was in the house when the fire started. He said he was able to get Neal out the front door. Two neighbors who were playing football outside also saw the flames. They threw a log through a side window and pulled out the elderly man’s daughter.
Lewis said he saw the homeowner, whom neighbors identified as Carl Glymph, on fire and did not have time to grab him before the cars in the garage exploded, destroying part of the roof.
“It was awful,” he said.
Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said he could not confirm the dead man’s identity until the Georgia Bureau of Investigation performed an autopsy and compared dental and medical records.
He did confirm that the man was 92, and that two women were being treated for smoke inhalation at Doctors Hospital.
Neighbor Julia Johnson said Glymph had lived in the neighborhood for 50 years.
Bolgla said the cause of the fire is under investigation.