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Omega home destroyed by Saturday blaze

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The gutted home at 8191 Bill Tuck Highway. / February 04, 2019

A fire in the Omega community destroyed a rental home Saturday night after firefighters arrived on the scene and found flames shooting through the roof.

Some 40 firefighters from four departments responded to the scene immediately after the blaze was reported at 10:15 p.m., but it was too late to save the structure, said Midway Fire Chief Brent Inscore.

“Fire was coming through the roof when we got there, basically. It was fully involved,” he said.

The single-story, wood frame home was unoccupied at the time. The family of three that had been renting the home is moving to a new home and was away at the time. However, they lost nearly all their possessions left inside, said Inscore.

The 8191 Bill Tuck Highway residence, owned by Ankur Brahmblatt, is a complete loss. The fire appears to have begun in the living room, but the cause remains under investigation.

The family — Melonee Russett and her two daughters — have shelter with their new home, but the Red Cross has been contacted about providing clothes and other relief items.

Responding to the blaze were firefighters with the Midway, South Boston, Cluster Springs and Virgilina departments. Firefighters stayed on the scene for four hours quelling the blaze and going through the home to assess the damage.

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