|Cause of the blaze under investigation |
Flames burn through the roof of a residence on Providence Church Road Monday morning. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A fire that destroyed a residence in Henry early Monday morning started in the den, but investigators have yet to determine the cause.
The occupants at 1115 Providence Church Road, Monty Lampkin and Tammy Love, were awakened just before 4 a.m. by a smoke alarm, according to Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.
Lampkin discovered heavy smoke in the den and used a fire extinguisher in an attempt to quench the flames, Russell said. But the fire spread quickly to the attic.
Lampkin and Love escaped without injury and called the fire department.
The one-story brick structure was fully involved when firefighters arrived, Russell said. Volunteers spent three hours battling the flames, which burned the roof off the residence.
Damage to the structure is estimated at $150,000, Russell said. The residence is owned by Lewis Lampkin.
Volunteers with Fork Mountain, Henry, Ferrum and Rocky Mount fire departments responded to the 3:49 a.m. call, along with the Franklin County Department of Public Safety.