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Fire damages Hartfield home on Twiggs Ferry Rd.

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Clockwise from top left: the garage and part of the house was fully engulfed when firemen arrived (Photo by Jack Furnas); firemen fight the blaze from outside the garage (remaining photos by Tom Hardin); HVFD fireman Carlton Revere cools down after fighting the fire from inside the house; homeowner Tonya Harris talks with her brother, Bruce Beverley; A fireman searches for hot spots inside the garage.
by Tom Hardin

Fire caused extensive damage to the home of Tonya Harris on Twiggs Ferry Road at Hartfield on the morning of Thursday, September 3. No one was home when the fire started and no one was injured.

Smoke coming from the house was spotted by a passing motorist, Harvey Hill of Deltaville, who reported it to the county emergency dispatcher at 9:13 a.m. Hill said he banged on doors and windows of the single-story home to make sure no one was inside.

Video shot by Sheriff Guy Abbott and edited by Mike Kucera.
The Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) arrived on the scene about 9:23 a.m., said HVFD chief Alan Blake, who assisted in fighting the blaze.
When firemen arrived, the attached garage was fully engulfed. Flames and smoke were billowing from the structure.

Firemen quickly got the fire under control, but the garage and a van parked inside it were a total loss. The portion of the house next to the garage also suffered extensive damage.

Firemen fought the blaze from the outside and by entering the front door. They also cut a hole in the roof to hose water on flames and hot spots.

Chief Blake said the fire appears to have started in the garage. He said a state fire investigator had been called to inspect the scene.

At the scene, Mrs. Harris said she left the house for work at about 8:30 a.m., and was called by her daughter a short time later and told that her house was on fire. Mrs. Harris said her house was insured and that she would be staying with relatives.

The Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department of Deltaville also responded and helped battle the blaze. Members of the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad of Deltaville provided support at the scene, and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office directed traffic away from the area.

posted 09.03.2009

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