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Update: Fire Destroys Home in Savannah's Cloverdale Neighborhood

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A west Savannah man is being assisted by family members after an early morning fire destroyed most of his Cloverdale home.

Firefighters arrived at 1610 Rosemary Street shortly before 4:45 this morning to find heavy smoke and flames shooting more than 20 feet above the structure's roof.

83-year-old Lee Scott told firefighters he was doing some house cleaning in the kitchen when the fire broke out.

It took emergency personnel more than 30 minutes to extinguish the flames and bring the incident under control.

Fire fighters say Scott tried to fight the fire himself and had to be  pulled away by first responders.

He was treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. However, he was not transported to a hospital. No other injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Savannah Fire & Emergency Services reminds citizens to:
*Get out and stay out when fire erupts
*Always evacuate the structure, get to a safe place and call 911  *Create an escape plan for the home and practice it
*Always know two ways out of every room and the home itself
*Practice an escape plan at least twice a year, once during the day and once at night

Stay with News 3 beginning with First News at 5 for complete coverage.

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A west Savannah man is being assisted by family members today after an early morning fire destroyed most of his Cloverdale home.
 
Savannah firefighters arrived at the man's home at 1610 Rosemary St. just before 4:45 a.m. and encountered heavy smoke and flames shooting more than 20 feet above the structure's roof. Once firefighters ensured that no one was in the house, they took a defensive posture against the flames. Deteriorating conditions inside the one-story brick home made for an unsafe environment for firefighters.
 
Once the bulk of fire had been knocked down from the outside, firefighters returned to attacking the flames from inside the structure. It took more than 30 minutes to extinguish the flames and bring the incident under control. A large portion of the home's roof collapsed and the rest of the structure sustained extreme fire, smoke and water damage.
 
The lone occupant of the home told firefighters he was doing some house cleaning in the kitchen when the fire erupted. Flames quickly extended up a wall and into the attic. The resident reportedly attempted to extinguish the flames with a garden hose, however those efforts failed. He was treated by emergency medical personnel on scene for minor smoke inhalation. He was not transported to a hospital. No other injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Relatives arrived at the location to assist the resident with living arrangements.
 
Savannah Fire & Emergency Services reminds citizens to "get out and stay out" when fire erupts. Always evacuate the structure, get to a safe place and call 911. Citizens are also encouraged to create an escape plan for the home and practice it. Always know two ways out of every room and the home itself. Citizens are encouraged to practice their escape plan at least twice a year, once during the day and once at night so everyone in the home is familiar with how to escape in the event of fire.
 
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