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SoVaNow.com / September 07, 2011A three-alarm fire today destroyed C.H. Harris Funeral Home in Clarksville.
According to Assistant Chief Robert Wilkerson, the call came in around 7:30 a.m. When fire fighters arrived on the scene, two cars (a hearse and a limo) parked next to the funeral parlor were fully engulfed in flames as was the roof covering the vehicles. The fire quickly spread to the adjoining funeral home.
“Once that happened, the fire moved to the roof, causing it to collapse onto the second floor, which then fell down onto the first floor,” Wilkerson said adding that no person or bodies were in the building at the time of the fire.
Wilkerson said, “I don’t think the building next door [to the north of Harris Funeral Home] was damaged. It might have some minor smoke problems, but it was protected by a cement block wall.”
The actual cause of the fire is under investigation, Clarksville police officer Andy Elliott, who first spotted the fire, believes he saw “arcing” coming from the building before the cars caught fire.
Fire crews from Chase City, and Boydton were called to the scene, as was Clarksville Emergency Medical Squad (EMS). Wilkerson, received minor burns, but was otherwise unharmed when a lintel from the building fell on him as he entered through the rear door. Debbie Osborne, an EMT with Clarksville EMS said, “No other injuries occurred.”
“This is the first fire inside the town since the 1980s,” according to Police Chief Ricky Wilkinson, “I’m glad no one was hurt.”
Walking around surveying the damage, Ricky Harris said, “We’re just thankful no remains were inside and no one was hurt. We will continue to serve people in Clarksville from our Chase City site, until we can get up and running again here in Clarksville.”
Wilkerson expressed appreciation to employees of the town of Clarksville and area businesses for bringing water and food to the firefighters, and helping clear debris from road near the fire, “Thank you Sherry, and the rest of the town employees, and Hardees, Bill Baker, Frank Dover, and Bruce Woerner for all they did to help today.” 3555
CommentsMy prayers go out to the Harris family and all the wonderful people of Clarksville. This great monument in the community may have been destroyed but may your faith and your ability to serve others in need sustain you until you are blessed to build Bigger and Better !!!
- By Reverend Freddie Lee Burwell on 09 / 07 / 11
CommentsMy Prayers are with you guys
- By Pamela Small on 09 / 08 / 11
CommentsWhen tragedies strike without warning it is our faith, family, and friends that provide a blanket of support. May God strengthen you and bless you all for the sacrificial, loving, and excellent service you have provided the community for over 50 years.
- By Pastor Derrick Horton on 09 / 09 / 11
CommentsMy prayers goes out to the Harris family. You have been a pillar in the Clarksville community, as well as serving my family (Henderson). Keep God first, and he will help you restructure, be fruitful and be more blessed to serve the people of Clarksville. Thanks!
- By Brenda Reed on 09 / 09 / 11
CommentsI would like to extend my prayer to the Harris Family, and I would like to send prayers out to the wonderful people of Clarksville. You maybe a small town but you are a loving town.
- By Debra Garner on 09 / 15 / 11
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