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Fire destroys Scott County home

January 13th, 2014 3:58 pm by Wes Bunch

Fire destroys Scott County home

Photo provided by the Fort Blackmore Volunteer Fire Department.

FORT BLACKMORE — A Scott County couple is without a home after a fire destroyed their residence near Dungannon Sunday afternoon.

According to Fort Blackmore Volunteer Fire Department Chief Eric Ross, a fire at a residence located at 351 Greens Chapel Road in Dungannon was reported to Scott County Central Dispatch around 3:19 p.m. Sunday.

Ross said the structure was fully involved in flames when fire crews first arrived on the scene roughly 15 minutes after receiving the call.

"We think that the fire got into the attic pretty quickly," he said. "Once it got air, it really got it going by the time that we got there."

Ross said the home was a complete loss due to fire damage.

No one was harmed in the fire, although one resident who was home at the time received minor treatment.

A Red Cross spokeswoman said the organization is assisting the couple with financial aid for meals, clothing and lodging, and will continue to coordinate recovery assistance.

Ross said a total of four fire trucks from both his department and the Duffield Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office also provided assistance.

Crews spent approximately 5 hours battling the fire before determining it to be under control shortly before 9 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ross said the blaze seemed to begin in the living room area of the home, with the worst burned areas located around the ceiling and attic. The home reportedly had a wood burning stove in the area that received the brunt of the fire damage. Its involvement in the fire had not been determined Monday afternoon.

Ross said the residence was an older one with several additions that had been built over time. The home's multiple roof structure made it harder for firefighters to reach the flames located in the attic area, he said.

Despite the residence being a complete loss, Ross said crews were able to knock the flames down enough to allow several valuables to be saved from the residence.

Although the fire's cause has not been determined, Ross did say foul play was not suspected in the incident.

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