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Fire destroys house at Warner

A house in Warner belonging to Henry Easton burned last Thursday and was a total loss. The house, which was being rented out, is assessed at $144,000. George Longest, chief of the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, called in a State Police arson investigator, but added that a faulty gas heater may have caused the fire. Three members of a family living in the house suffered burns. (Photo by Jason Hall)

On August 7 at approximately 6:18 p.m. a 911 call came in from a cell phone caller reporting that his house was on fire in the 8000 block of Tidewater Trail in Warner. Urbanna Fire and Rescue and Water View Fire units were dispatched to the scene. The house was fully involved when the first sheriff’s office unit arrived at 6:22 p.m.

As units were under way, a second medic unit from Urbanna and a third from Deltaville Rescue were dispatched because three people had sustained various degrees of burns and/or exposure injuries as a result of the fire.

LifeEvac was deployed and landed in a soybean field just north of the fire-ravaged home, Urbanna EMS met with and turned over a 14-year-old burn victim. LifeEvac took the girl to a hospital burn unit in Richmond.

A younger male child was checked by EMS for slight exposure burns, and a medic unit eventually transported an adult female from the scene to an area hospital with less serious burn injuries to her extremities.

The cause of the fire is not known, however, a resident reported hearing an “explosion” inside the house simultaneous with the start of the fire. The brick home was a complete loss and the American Red Cross was called in to assist by providing temporary housing.

posted 08.18.2008

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