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The ruined home of Terance and Brittany Jones and their two children on Mountain Road near Halifax / January 06, 2020

A family of four lost everything when their home at 3060 Mountain Road outside of Halifax caught on fire Thursday night.

The Halifax Fire Department was dispatched at 7 p.m. to the mobile home, which stood on property between Friendly Corner and 360 Diner. The trailer was already in full blaze of fire when firefighters arrived. The Oak Level and Liberty Volunteer Fire Departments also assisted in extinguishing the fire.

“It is possible the fire was caused by an electrical heater,” said Chief Darryl Dawson with the Halifax Fire Department, but the exact cause of the fire is undetermined. Fire damage to the mobile home is estimated at $25,000 with an additional $10,000 damage to the interior contents and personal belongings.

Terance and Brittany Jones and their two children, a four year old daughter and two year old son, made it out of the home safely Thursday night. The Jones had been rent-to-own residents for the past five years.

“My heart goes out to them,” said Margaret Easley, their next door neighbor who called 911 to report the fire. They could see the blaze from their living room window.

The American Red Cross arrived to provide assistance for food, clothing, and lodging to the family.

“It is overwhelming for families going through a disaster and having someone trusted helps,” said Ginger Weaver, Disaster Program Specialist with the American Red Cross.

“One of the largest hurdles is finding a place to rent,” said Weaver. Weaver asked for anyone who has a property available for this family to reach out to the American Red Cross.

In almost any house fire, people will wonder how it could have happened. “It could simply be a nail near a wire that creates an arc to spark a fire,” said Weaver.

Smoke alarm installation is a free service offered by the American Red Cross. “We are always looking for volunteers to help with this project,” said Weaver.

The smoke alarms are $25.00 value and the alarms last for ten years.

The American Red Cross accepts donations and will relay contact information from community members who would like to make personal donations. You can call 434-476-5148 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A monetary donation may be made to the local American Red Cross, with the memo Halifax County or Disaster Fund to ensure the funds stay local. Send the check to American Red Cross, P. O. Box 1774, Halifax VA 24558.

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