One critically injured in fire at personal care home

A man received second and third degree burns in a fire that broke out about 2 a.m. this morning at a personal care home in Columbia County.

Robert Everett, 44 , a resident of the home, is listed in critical condition at Doctors Hospital’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center, according to center spokeswoman Beth Frits.

Honey Shore, a spokeswoman with Martinez-Columbia Fire Res­cue, said the blaze occurred at Smith Personal Care Home, 5432 Old Augusta Highway, Grove­town. Ms. Shore said the home’s owners are Brenda and Earnest Smith.

Mrs. Smith’s sister, Crystal Smith, said the home cares for six men. She said those inside during the fire, including her sister and brother-in-law, have found another place to stay.

Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s office, which is investigating, said the fire originated in a kitchen/dining area and that officials are focusing on an electric space heater that was there.

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