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Family left homeless by Saturday afternoon fire

South Boston News / March 17, 2014
A six member family was left homeless following a Saturday afternoon fire on U.S. 501, just north of the old Rosa school.

Darby McGeorge, owner of the doublewide manufactured home, said no one was at home at the time of the fire which reportedly started around 1 p.m. Household members included McGeorge’s wife Jennifer, a 26 year old son and his wife, a 16 year old daughter and a five year old son.

McGeorge said he had been advised by members of the fire department that they suspected the fire must have started in the center section of the home where the residents had used a floor heater to warm that part of the house. The heater apparently caught a nearby sofa on fire and from there the blaze spread.

“We had always tried to be very careful to unplug the heater when we were not using it, but somehow it was missed,” MeGeorge said yesterday.

Liberty Fire Department responded at 1 p.m. to the blaze finding the center section of the house completed engulfed in flame. They were assisted by firefighters from the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department as well as from the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.

The house was declared a total loss, estimated at some $80,000. The Red Cross is assisting the family with temporary housing, said Ginger Weaver, who said she would be meeting with the family later on Sunday to see what other needs they might be able to help with.

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