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Fire destroys Urbanna home

by Larry S. Chowning

Volunteer firemen used the Deltaville ladder truck to help extinguish the blaze.  (photo by Larry S. Chowning)
An early-morning fire destroyed the Urbanna home of Karen and Bryce Wright on Monday, November 24. 

The home, located on the corner of Howard Street and Rappahannock Avenue, caught fire about 5 a.m. in the area of the furnace and spread throughout the house, said fireman Joe Moschetti of the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) of Urbanna.

Moschetti said when firemen arrived, the downstairs was totally engulfed in flames and it quickly spread to the upstairs. “They lost everything in the house and we fear they may have lost their cat,” he said.

The Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department responded with four firemen and a ladder truck, and Water View responded with one truck and eight firemen. The MVFD responded with all the firemen and equipment it had available.

The fire flared up again later in the day and Urbanna firemen responded.

The Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, American Red Cross and Middlesex County Building Inspector David Selph all came to the scene. The MVFD Auxiliary provided coffee to the firemen.

The two-story home was built at the turn of the 20th century and is currently owned by Chuck Rafier of Leesburg. The Wrights were renting the house.

The home is often referred to as the “Carlton Home” or the “Trevilian Home.” These were families who owned and lived in the home for many years.

When the Carltons owned the house at the turn of the 20th century, children from outside of town rode to school on horseback, and the Carlton family boarded their horses in their barn behind the house. 

When the Trevilians owned the house in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, deadrise boats were built in the backyard “under the sky,” and a large tree and pulley were used to help flip the boats over.

This is the second structure to burn in Urbanna this month. Moo’s Diner was destroyed by fire on November 4. This also was the third house to burn in the county recently. A home was lost in the Jamaica area on November 13, and another in Piankatank Shores on October 22.

posted 11.26.2008

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