A Chase City family escaped injury but lost almost everything they owned in a house fire last week. The Tommy Carter family reportedly lost most of their possession, a vehicle and several pets in the ire, which struck at around 6:30 P.M. on last Tuesday evening.
According to Chief Charles Magann of the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department, the fire was reported as a structure fire at Mull’s Glass and Body Shop located in the 29200 block of Highway 49 just outside of Chase City. As they approached the scene, said Chief Magann, they realized that the fire was actually at a two story frame structure adjacent to the body shop.
Speaking this week, Chief Magann said that when he arrived on the scene, the rear of the building was fully involved, showing flames and heavy smoke.
“We started fighting fire at the back of the building and it was a quick knockdown,” said Magann. “We determined that fire had spread through the wall, up into the attic area. The hose team made entry through the front door, went upstairs and began putting the fire out.”
The Chase City Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the Boydton Volunteer Fire Department and the Bacon District Volunteer Fire Department.
According to Magann, the first fire engine arrived on the scene at 6:31 P.M. and the fire was reported as under control at 6:52 P.M. Firefighters remained on the scene until 8:12 P.M.
The cause of the fire, said Chief Magann, was undetermined but appeared to have started around a kitchen and bathroom. The building had what Magann called “extreme smoke, heat and water damage” throughout.
In addition to the property loss, the family also lost several pets, according to Chief Magann.
At approximately 10:35 P.M., firefighters returned to the residence after debris around a fireplace rekindled. The fire was quickly put out without incident.
“The residents were assisted by the American Red Cross,” said Chief Magann. “Also, a ‘Go Fund Me’ page has been set up for the family on Facebook. The effort has a goal of raising $20,000 for the family.
Chief Magann praised the firefighters from the three companies for their “hard work and dedication.”
“Everyone worked well together,” said Chief Magann. “It was three agencies coming together – neighbors helping neighbors.”