Man Dies Trying to Save Dogs From House Fire in Walton County, Georgia
WALTON COUNTY, GA. – August 24, 2018 (waltontribune.com) A man from Walton County, Georgia, died after trying to save his dogs from a house fire. The story is reported online at waltontribune.com.*
At approximately 2:32 a.m. on August 24, a fire broke out at a home in the 2200 block of Willow Springs Church Road in unincorporated Social Circle, Georgia. The smell of smoke awoke all three men who were in the house: Krade Kardem, Daniel Stevenson, and Adam Roy Rogers. They all exited the home, then Rogers went back in to try to save several dogs that were still inside.
After significant time passed without Rogers’s return, Kardem and Stevenson went back in to locate him. They pulled him out of the house as emergency responders arrived. Rogers sustained severe burn injuries and was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He died later that morning.
Kardem and Stevenson sustained burn injuries to their hands and feet but declined treatment. The dogs inside the home died in the fire.
Walton County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Craig League said the crews that first arrived at the scene found “very heavy fire involvement” in the home’s kitchen and den. Fire personnel remained at the scene for several hours to investigate. Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner Ralph Hughes said in a statement that his investigator determined the cause of the fire was “unattended stovetop cooking.” The fire was ruled an accident.
Fires in Walton County have resulted in several people’s deaths in the last year. On February 12, 2017, three people, including a 10-year-old girl, died in a house fire on Shamrock Drive in Monroe, Georgia.
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