Blaze destroys doctor’s office

Published 5:44 pm Saturday, January 15, 2011

Psychiatrist Jill Hall's 3rd Avenue office was gutted by fire late Wednesday afternoon.|Photo by Adam Prestridge

Flames engulfed an Atmore doctor’s office late Wednesday afternoon causing heavy damage to the wood-framed structure.

The fire, which began just after 5 p.m., ripped through psychiatrist Dr. Jill Hall’s 111 3rd Avenue office just off Church Street across from Dollar General.

The source of the blaze is “possibly” electrical, Atmore Fire Department Chief Gerry McGhee said Friday afternoon.

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“The house was locked up,” he said. “The owner said she walked in and turned up the thermostat and walked out earlier that afternoon. It later caught fire.”

A majority of the fire was contained to the back half of the office, which is operated out of former residential home. Firefighters worked for more than an hour to control the flames, which made its way into the attic, and to douse all of the hot spots. The fire also spread outside the structure onto the back porch and caught part of the yard on fire.

Dispatchers with the Atmore Police Department received the 911 call at 5:16 p.m. and units with the fire department were on the scene three minutes later. A total 11 firefighters from Atmore responded to the scene with three firemen with the Poarch Fire Department offering mutual aid. Five rescue units including two engines from the AFD were used and one engine from Poarch.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

No injuries were reported.