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Friday fire destroys house west of Chase City

SoVaNow.com / October 03, 2012
The Chase City Volunteer Fire Department was called out twice to extinguish a house fire on Highway 47 west of town early Friday morning. The initial report came in around 3:37 a.m.; by the time fire crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

No one was living there at the time of the blaze, according to Fire Chief Winthy Hatcher, but he believes that someone may have been remodeling the structure.

A neighbor posted on Facebook that “I live close to it [the fire] and I slept through it. It was an empty structure and I don’t think it even had electricity.”

It took about an hour before Hatcher and his men had fully doused the flames. Unfortunately, the home was a complete loss.

Smoldering and minor burning continued throughout the day. This prompted neighbors to renew calls to the fire station. Hatcher said it was not unusual for a wood structure fire to rekindle or even smolder for some time after it is extinguished. His men have been known to return to a fire site two to three times just to be certain the blaze does not begin anew.

On their second visit to the site, Hatcher said the firefighters “really doused the remaining pieces.”

Hatcher said he did not believe the fire was suspicious in nature, but added, “we turned it over to the investigator anyway.” As of press time, the investigation was continuing.

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