Early morning fire damages Chesy home

Published 10:22 am Monday, August 6, 2012

Fire marshal’s office will investigate but arson not suspected


CHESAPEAKE — Officials say an early morning house fire in Chesapeake does not look suspicious.

Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ed Webb said the call came in at about 2:20 a.m. that a two story home on Township Road 1043 was on fire. Webb said a neighbor on his way to work alerted the family inside.

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“They literally didn’t know their house was on fire,” Webb said. “The neighbor saw the flames coming out of the back of the house.”

When the fire was reported, flames were already coming out of the top of the home, Webb said. No one was injured in the fire.

Both the Chesapeake department as well as the Proctorville VFD responded to the fire. Webb said about 20 firefighters worked to get the flames under control.

“There was a hydrant in the area so we were able to lay a line,” Webb said. “It’s so nice when you have those available.”

The home suffered heavy water damage, Webb said, and the upper rear section collapsed a bit. The family did not ask for Red Cross assistance and opted to stay with relatives.

Webb said the state fire marshal’s office will investigate the fire.