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Fire severely damages house in city
A house at 221 Broad St. in Martinsville will be condemned after a Monday evening fire caused significant damage to a portion of the structure. The fire still is under investigation. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer
A Martinsville home will be condemned as a result of damage from a fire Monday night, according to city Fire Marshal Ted Anderson.
The back of the home at 221 Broad St. was burning when firefighters arrived shortly after being alerted to the fire at 7:21 p.m. Monday, Anderson said.
“They (firefighters) knocked it down before the fire breached the inside of the house,” he said.
However, the fire damaged the home’s framing, electrical system, water pipes and heat pump, so it will be condemned, Anderson said.
He estimated the damage at about $10,000 to $20,000.
He was not certain of the cause of the fire because his investigation was just beginning.
“It doesn’t appear to be suspicious, but I can’t say for sure,” he added.
The tenants in the home escaped without injury, Anderson said. There were four adults and three children ages 7, 10 and 13, in the home, along with two dogs, ferrets and other animals, he said.
The family members were able to get some of their belongings out of the house before the electricity was shut off, according to Anderson. Local Red Cross officials were on their way to help the family, he added.
The owner of the property, T&R Properties, was being notified mid-evening of the fire, Anderson said. The home is about mid-way on Broad Street between Market Street and the Norfolk-Southern Railroad tracks.
The Martinsville Fire & EMS Department, Martinsville Police Department and Stone Ambulance responded to the scene.