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Second fire at North Main home

SoVaNow.com / January 20, 2014
A North Main Street house in South Boston, was apparently set on fire early Sunday morning, the second time in weeks that firefighters have been called there to put out a blaze.

Members of the South Boston Fire Department and the South Boston Police responded to a house fire at 1907 North Main Street early yesterday morning shortly before 1 a.m.

The house, which earlier caught on fire on Saturday, Jan. 4, is not supposed to be occupied. A neighbor, however, has said that squatters have been seen inside the abandoned residence.

When South Boston firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting out of the side of the house and from the attic.

South Boston sent 14 firefighters and three trucks and was assisted by ten firefighters from Halifax with three trucks and five firefighters from Cluster Springs with another truck. Fire officials were on the scene for over an hour and a half, leaving at 2:34 a.m.

The previous fire gutted the back part of the single story wood frame structure. The fire Sunday inflicted visible damage to the front.

The house is owned by Paul and Shirley Miles of Halifax and has an assessed value of $34,047. Damages to the home are estimated at some $25,000.

The causes of both fires are under investigation by both the South Boston Police Department and the Virginia State Police.

Anyone with information about either of the fires is asked to contact the South Boston Police Department at (434)575-4273 or the Halifax County Crime Line at (434)476-8445.

A tip on the Halifax County Crime Line that results in an arrest and conviction is eligible for a cash reward.

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