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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Fire destroys house, displaces family
One man sustained minor burns, inhaled smoke
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Courtesy Photo: Fire gutted the back portion of this house on Deerwood Drive in Rocky Mount early Friday morning. One occupant of the house sustained minor burns and was treated for smoke inhalation.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man sustained minor injuries when a fire gutted a portion of a two-story house at 21 Deerwood Drive early Friday morning.

Kevin Townes, one of the occupants of the residence, sustained minor burns and was treated for smoke inhalation at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, according to Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.

Townes had awakened to turn off a television when he smelled smoke, Russell said. Townes, his wife, Amanda, and their 3-year-old child were able to escape the burning structure.

In the meantime, a neighbor reported the fire about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

When firefighters arrived, flames were visible at the back of the house as the fire spread quickly up the walls and across the attic space, Russell said. The fire appeared to have started in a rear left corner of the structure.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, Russell said.

Damage to the structure is estimated at $135,000, a total loss, Russell said. The fire gutted the rear portion of the residence and the remainder suffered heavy smoke and water damage.

The residence is owned by Jeffrey Hairston of Collinsville and was insured. However, the Townes family had no insurance on their belongings.

The American Red Cross is helping the displaced family by providing financial assistance to help with meals, clothing and hotel accommodations, according to Amy Whittaker, public affairs director with the Red Cross.

Volunteers with the Rocky Mount, Fork Mountain and Glade Hill fire departments battled the blaze in frigid temperatures, Russell said, but had the fire under control within an hour and a half. The firefighters remained at the scene until about 4:05 a.m.

Franklin County Rescue Squad and public safety also responded to the call.

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