The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, September 7, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
An electrical short started a fire that destroyed a residence in Ferrum early Saturday morning.
The fire at 65 Eagle Mountain Lane started in the kitchen about 3 a.m., according to Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.
A teenage boy was watching television in the basement and noticed smoke coming through the vents, Russell said. His parents and brother were asleep.
The teen ran upstairs and saw the smoke in the kitchen, Russell said. The family ran outside and called the fire department.
Volunteers from Ferrum, Henry and Rocky Mount fire departments had the blaze under control within 30 minutes, Russell said. However, the house is a total loss because of the heavy smoke and water damage.
The damage to the one-story brick house is estimated at $100,000. The owner, Frances Davis, and the renter, Kevin Basham, are both insured, Russell said.
All four members of the Basham family were transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.
Ferrum and Franklin County rescue squads also responded to the call, along with Franklin County Public Safety.
The cause of another fire that destroyed a Moneta residence Friday night is still undetermined, Russell said.
The fire started in the rear portion of the residence at 21 Striper's Lane about 11:40 p.m., Russell said. The homeowners, Karl and Judy Taylor, were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors.
The couple, along with their daughter, son-in-law and grandchild, ran outside and called the fire department, Russell said. They were not injured.
When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, Russell said. A large propane tank behind the house added fuel to the fire.
The residence is a total loss, Russell said, with damage to the three-story structure estimated in excess of $250,000. The home is insured.
Volunteers from Scruggs, Burnt Chimney, Glade Hill and Smith Mountain Lake Marine fire departments responded to the call, along with public safety.