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Fire strikes two more county homes

Firefighters found flames shooting through the roof of a mobile home by the time they arrived on scene on February 6 as seen in the above photo taken by Corporal P.D. Heins of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. In the photo below, taken by Kristee Norwood, a firefighter gets close in an attempt to knock down the inferno. This was the third home destroyed by fire in Middlesex since January 17.

by Tom Chillemi

Fires leveled a mobile home in Topping and seriously damaged a home near Kilmer’s Point in Remlik last week, reported Chief Mark Nugent, the Middlesex County Emergency Services Coordinator.

Since January 17, three homes have been destroyed by fire in Middlesex.

On Thursday, February 6, at 1:01 p.m., volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel responded to a trailer fire at 188 Mason Cove Lane in Topping. The firefighters first on the scene were faced with a single-wide house trailer already well involved in fire, said Nugent. 

Bystanders reported that no one was inside. The fire appeared to be accidental in nature and the cause is undetermined, said Nugent. There were no injuries to the responding firefighters. Unfortunately, the family dog died as a result of the fire, he added. 

Displaced occupants were being assisted by the Red Cross.

First responders included the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, and Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad.

On Saturday, February 8, at 10:39 a.m., firefighters and EMS personnel responded to a house fire at 117 Shell Court near Remlik, about three miles west of Urbanna. Firefighters found a fire in the attic space of a two-story, wooden, single-family dwelling. The occupants had safely evacuated, said Nugent. The fire was noticed by a neighbor, who called  911 and then notified the occupants of the home. 

The fire was accidental in nature and was caused by a faulty flue pipe in a pre-fabricated chimney, said Nugent. Occupants were being cared for by their insurance company.

First responders at the February 8 fire included the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, and the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Red Cross responds
Local American Red Cross volunteers responded to the fire on Mason Cove Lane. The team of Red Cross volunteers helped coordinate assistance in the form of clothing, shelter and emotional support due to fire damage to the home. This marked the 16th dwelling fire both the River Counties Chapter and Northumberland Chapter of the Red Cross have responded to since November. 

Last year, the two chapters responded to 42 fires. “We’re deeply saddened for those affected in all the counties we serve,” said River Counties Chapter executive director Julie Dudley. “As we continue to provide support to those affected, we also encourage others to take action to minimize the risk of a home fire.” 

The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect one’s home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. Check out this link for more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information. To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters locally, around the country and around the world, make checks payable to the American Red Cross and mail to River Counties Chapter, P.O. Box 1151, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

posted 02.12.2014

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