Neighbor remembers two people who died in north Macon house fire
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man and a woman died Wednesday morning in a house fire.
The Macon-Bibb Fire Department got to the home on Woodridge Drive around 3:00 a.m.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year-old Troy Thomaston died on the scene and 57-year-old Cheryl McGlynn went to the hospital where she died.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what happened.
Neighbor Joel Massey lives a street over, and made the initial 911 call about the fire.
“About 2:50, 2:55 in the morning Cash is pouncing on my chest,” said Massey.
Joel Massey’s dog Cash doesn’t usually wake him up.
“I walk out to the backdoor, let him out because I’m thinking maybe he’s got to use the bathroom,” said Massey. “That’s when I saw not a blaze, but I saw the fire, heard the crackling, Cash runs to the back right corner of the lot, barking, letting me know something’s not right.”
Something was certainly not right–Cash knew about the fire.
“I then go and jump in my truck, drive around to the front of the house to make sure it was on fire before I call 911,” said Massey. “Soon as I got around to the front of the house it was engulfed in flames and I then called 911.”
Massey lives a street over.
“It scared me to death, I was just trying to get help here as fast as I can,” said Massey.
He knew someone was inside.
“I saw that Honda Element in the driveway, my heart sunk,” said Massey. “I’m running up and down the street screaming help help help I don’t hear anybody coming out, I don’t see anybody coming out but the blaze was too big and too hot for me to even think about going in.”
The Macon-Bibb Fire Department did all they could.
“They were here within five minutes,” said Massey. “Four different stations arrived when it was all said and done. It took them an hour, hour and a half to get the fire out but they did a fantastic job.”
Massey had a crazy night, but he’s encouraged by his fellow neighbors.
“Prayers for the family…The whole neighborhood came together last night,” said Massey. “Cash is my hero.”
The Macon-Bibb Fire Department continues to investigate how the fire happened.