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Separate fires destroy two Middlesex homes

Above is the back of a house on Zion Branch Road in Saluda that was destroyed by fire Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department)

by Tom Chillemi

Separate fires claimed residences in Saluda and Hartfield last week and left five people homeless.

On Saturday, January 19, at about 1 p.m. a fire started accidentally on the kitchen stove at the residence of James Johnson, his wife and two children on Zion Branch Road near Saluda, said fire chief Ray Burch of the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department(MVFD) in Urbanna.

Burch said the fire destroyed the kitchen, dining area, living room and back porch, and other parts of the house were heavily damaged by smoke.

The occupants were home at the time and left the house uninjured.

Hartfield fire
Another fire destroyed a dwelling on Meadows Trail Road in Hartfield shortly after midnight on Tuesday, January 15, reported HVFD fire chief Alan Blake.

A man was in the home watching television when he discovered the fire, which had started in a bedroom.

Half of the dwelling was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived. Other parts were damaged by smoke and water. The dwelling was a total loss, said Blake.

To support disasters such as house fires please send your contributions to the American Red Cross River Counties Chapter, P.O. Box 1151, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

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posted 01.23.2013

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