Fire and Tragedy in Monroe, GA

All photos by Josh D. Weiss

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Three fire fighters with the Monroe Fire Department work to quell the fire at Carol Head’s home in Monroe, GA on March 24, 2007 that claimed her garage and kitchen. The blaze is believed to have begun after her SUV exploded early Saturday morning while sitting in her garage.

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Monroe Fire Fighter Mark Harrison covers some small patches of fire with dirt while Carol Head’s home burns March 24, 2007. Fire fighters worked dilligently to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading.

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Equipment of the Monroe Fire Department is spread out after the fire at Carol Head’s home was extinquished on March 24, 2007, in the Kingsridge Neighborhood in Monroe, GA. Air tanks, respirators, gloves and helmets were all needed to fight the blaze.

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A fire fighter of the Monroe Fire Department adjusts his mask and respirator after temporarily stepping away from the blaze at Carol Head’s home in Monroe, GA on March 24, 2007.

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Carol Head talks to Peyton Pettus of State Farm insurance before she enters her Monroe home for the first time since a fire destroyed part of it March 24, 2007. Head had to wait for the insurance representative to arrive before she was able to return to recover items necessary for her health.

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Carol Head’s automobile after it is suspected to have exploded in her garage early Saturday, March 24, 2007 and caused a fire which destroyed part of her home in Monroe, GA. It is unknown as to what caused the car to explode, but preliminary investigations by the Monroe Fire Department indicated the car was most likely the cause of the fire.

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Carol Head (left) holds up a blouse that was in her closet so her sister, Cathy Conner (middle) can determine if there was smoke damage to items in Head’s closet while Harriet Biggers looks on March 24, 2007 in Head’s Monroe Home. The garage of the house caught fire early in the morning forcing Head to leave all of her posessions behind as she watched her home burn.

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Carol Head (left) and Harriet Biggers (right) go through Head’s medicine cabinet after a fire destroyed part of her home earlier in the day on March 24, 2007. Head requires a lot of medicaitons and was relieved to find her medicine untouched by the fire.

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Various items belonging to Monroe home owner Carol Head that were undisturbed by the fire that broke out in her home March 24, 2007. Although her bedroom wasn’t touched by the flames, there was extensive smoke damage to most of the home.

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Carol Head reflects on the whirlwind morning she experienced after her Monroe home caught fire on March 24, 2007.

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Carol Head stares off into space after walking through her Monroe home for the first time since a fire destroyed part of it the morning of March 24, 2007.

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Carol Head (right) and Harriet Biggers (left) walk away from Head’s damaged home in Monroe, GA on March 24, 2007. As she walks away with her friend and sister by her side, Head smiles for the first time since the fire.

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