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Fire destroys mobile home near Gate City

May 3rd, 2014 12:19 am by Wes Bunch

Fire destroys mobile home  near Gate City

GATE CITY — Authorities are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a mobile home Thursday near Gate City.

The blaze was reported to Scott County Central Dispatch at about 6:45 a.m. Thursday at a residence located in the 1300 block of Manville Road. The Gate City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the incident.

Firefighters arrived at the address minutes after receiving the call to find the residence fully involved in flames, Gate City Fire Chief Jeff Brickey said.

The home is considered a total loss due to the damage it received. According to the Southwest Virginia Red Cross Disaster Response Team, a family of three adults was displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the family with food, clothing and shelter.

Brickey said the cause of the mobile home fire is currently under investigation. Brickey added that it was difficult to pinpoint where the fire began in the home due to the amount of damage it received.

"We can't tell at this time exactly where the fire started," Brickey said.

All three occupants of the residence were able to escape the blaze without being harmed.

The fire was the second in Scott County to destroy a mobile home this week.

On Sunday, volunteer fire departments from Dungannon, Duffield, Fort Blackmore and Nickelsville were dispatched at 5:05 p.m. to a blaze located in the 4900 block of Sinking Creek Highway.

The Red Cross said it was providing assistance to an adult and child displaced by that fire.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

On Monday, the fire reportedly rekindled, causing crews from Dungannon to be dispatched the scene for the second time in as many days.

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