Firefighters from Bulloch County Fire and Statesboro Fire Departments responded to a Portal area house fire around 1:00 am Friday, October 29, 2021.

When Bulloch County 911 dispatched the fire, it was reported that the home was heavily involved with fire.

Credit: Grice Connect

The first Bulloch Fire Engine from the Portal station arrived in six minutes. They reported the home was fully involved and requested additional assistance.

Three Bulloch County Fire engines, one Statesboro Engine and a Bulloch County Fire tanker responded to the Portal area house fire on Wommack Road.

The occupants, John Williams and his nephew Brandon Williams, were not injured in the fire. However, the home was a total loss from the fire.

Bulloch County Fire Chief Chris Ivey believes the fire originated in the fireplace. Mr. Williams had built a fire in the fireplace and had left for a late dinner.

When he returned, the home was on fire.

Investigation into the cause and origin of the fire will continue.

Local Agencies Assisting

American Red Cross Disaster Services responded to the scene and provided a hotel for the Mr. Williams.

Fostering Bulloch Hope Chest is providing clothing for Mr. Williams and his nephew.

Mr. Williams niece, Marquita Butler is coordinating community assistance for John Williams and Brandon Williams. If you would like to help in any way please email her at

Donations of clothing and other items for these two men can be placed in the green drop box at Fostering Bulloch Hope Chest. Please put a note on donated items with John and Brandon Williams names – Fire Victims on the donations.

John wears:

  • 36×32 pants
  • large/xl shirts
  • Size 12 shoes

Brandon wears:

  • 42 pants
  • XXL shirts
  • Size 15 or 16 shoes

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