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Fire leaves four homeless

South Boston News / January 17, 2018

Firefighters from Clarksville, Boydton, Virgilina and Midway responded early Tuesday morning to a house fire on White House Road in Nelson.

Firefighters arrived on the scene around 6 a.m. and found smoke and flames showing from the front of the single-family home. More than 25 volunteers battled the blaze.

It appears the fire started on the front porch, said Clarksville Fire Chief Johnny Shriver. The family had placed a heating lamp on the porch to keep their dogs warm.

Everyone including the dogs escaped unharmed, but Shriver said the house was a total loss. The four residents — parents Angie and E.C. Williamson and their two children — are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Friends and neighbors of the Williamsons have opened a special account at Benchmark Community Bank in the name of E.C. and Angie Williamson for anyone who wants to donate to the family. Donations can be made at any branch.

Because the family lost all of their belongings, donations of pet food, personal items and clothing are being collected for the family by Amber and Michael Overbey and Curt and Brandy Royster. Contact either Amber or Brandy via Facebook to find out where to drop off donations.

Specifically, they are asking for men’s small shirt, pants size 28/30, shoes size 9, girls shoes size 1 and clothes size 7/8, men’s XL shirt, pants 36/32 and shoes size 8-1/2, women’s shirts and pants 2XL and shoes size 8, plus dog and cat food.

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