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Firefighters attack the Pleasant Street fire from the roof of the dwelling.
SoVaNow.com / February 14, 2018
A South Hill family of three is homeless after fire swept through their Pleasant Street residence on Monday night.

The displaced family is receiving temporary shelter from the American Red Cross and other assistance from Upper Room Ministries and Goodwill after the fire scorched three rooms of their rented home and ruined most of their household possessions.

“You can just about say that from the smoke and heat and water damage, that all the family’s belongings were lost,” said Michael Vaughan, deputy chief of the South Hill Fire Department. Damage to the structure, owned by Doug Hineman, is estimated at more than $60,000. The occupants did not have renter’s insurance, said Vaughan.

Firefighters were called to the blaze Monday night after the fire appeared to start in the kitchen. According to Vaughan, two members of the family — a six-year-old child and his mother — quickly fled at the first sign of trouble while the father went back inside to try to extinguish the blaze. But the fire was very hot and quickly spread through the home.

Crews from South Hill, La Crosse and Buckhorn were able to keep the flames from spreading to neighboring homes, some built only yards away from the burning structure. A few firefighters suffered minor burns to their ears, backs of the neck and other vulnerable areas as they went inside to quell the blaze. Vaughan said the injuries were not serious and firefighters were treated at the scene by rescue personnel and released.

Along with the local fire departments, South Hill police and the Southside Rescue Squad were at the scene to provide help.

“The efforts of the three fire companies really show the dedication to excellence this community’s fire service has, and we should all be very proud that the members continue to provide the level of service they do,” stated Vaughan.

“It makes you very proud as a member to see the guys working as hard as they do together to protect life, limb, and property here in South Hill and surrounding communities.

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For the record the child is a girl and the male that was there is not her father.

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The childs fathers name is NATHANIEL JAHMAL HARDY....


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