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The Franklin News-Post
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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No one injured in three residential fires
Damage to structures estimated at $425,000
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Courtesy Photo: A fire on Nov. 29 burned through three levels of this residence at 9050 Old Franklin Turnpike in Glade Hill. The damage is estimated in excess of $250,000.

Friday, December 6, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

No injuries were reported from three structure fires over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The first one occurred on Nov. 26 when a fire started in the basement of a remodeled log cabin on Fork Mountain Road, according to Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.

Although the cause of the fire has not been determined, the fire originated near a wood stove, Russell said. The flames burned through the floor of the living room and up the wall around the chimney.

A neighbor reported the fire about 4:30 p.m.

Firefighters from Fork Mountain, Henry, Rocky Mount and Fieldale-Collinsville had the blaze under control within 30 minutes, but due to the large logs inside the home, they remained on the scene for three and a half hours, Russell said.

Damage to the residence is estimated at $150,000, Russell said. The homeowner, Gerald Joyce, had insurance on the structure.

On Thanksgiving day, another fire destroyed a detached garage at 140 Mountain Aire Road in Boones Mill, Russell said.

The fire started at the wood stove and burned up the walls of the wood-frame structure, Russell said.

The owner, Patrick Woods, reported the fire about 5:30 p.m.

Firefighters from Boones Mill, Callaway and Burnt Chimney had the fire under control within 15 minutes and extinguished within an hour.

No vehicles were in the garage, but the workshop and tools were destroyed, Russell said. Damage to the structure and its contents is estimated at $25,000. The garage was insured.

The third fire on Nov. 29 damaged three levels of a residence at 9050 Old Franklin Turnpike in Glade Hill, Russell said.

The cause of the fire cannot be determined until the structure has been stabilized to allow safe entry, Russell said. The fire started either in the basement bathroom or the bathroom just above it on the main level of the home.

A motorist reported the fire about 5:25 a.m.

The residence was undergoing renovation and was unoccupied at the time, Russell said. The owners, Randy and Violetta Pulliam, have insurance on the home.

Firefighters from Glade Hill, Cool Branch, Rocky Mount and Burnt Chimney had the blaze under control within one hour, but remained on the scene for three hours, Russell said.

Damage is estimated in excess of $250,000, Russell said.

Franklin County Public Safety also responded to the fires, along with volunteers from Fork Mountain, Boones Mill, Red Valley and Glade Hill rescue squads.

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