The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
A fire burned this residence down to its foundation on Terrace Road in Boones Mill Saturday afternoon.
Friday, May 10, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A fire leveled a house in Boones Mill Saturday afternoon, leaving behind little evidence to determine its cause.
"The fire burned the residence down to its foundation," said Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell. "That makes the investigation especially difficult in determining the cause."
The fire at 593 Terrace Road was reported about 12:38 p.m. Saturday after a neighbor found the owner, Wanda Harrington, in the driveway outside the burning structure, Russell said. Harrington was conscious but had to be transported to the hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
When firefighters arrived a few minutes later, the roof and first floor of the one-story structure had already burned to the ground, Russell said.
The firefighters extinguished the blaze in about an hour and a half.
Damage to the house and its contents is estimated at $175,000, Russell said. The house is insured.
Harrington's adult son also lived at the residence but was not home at the time of the fire.
Volunteers from Boones Mill, Burnt Chimney and Rocky Mount fire departments responded to the call, along with Boones Mill and Red Valley rescue squads.
Russell was scheduled to examine the site with an insurance investigator Thursday morning.