Second fire breaks out at Mount Airy home


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



Firefighters battle a blaze at 2038 Springs Road Friday afternoon.


Andy Winemiller | The News

Smoke billows from a vacant home in Mount Airy as firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.


Andy Winemiller | The News

Firefighters responded to a property on Springs Road for the second time in six weeks on Friday.

At about 2 p.m. the Mount Airy Fire Department responded to a fire at 2038 Springs Road on the city’s north side.

Smoke billowed from the residence as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. The department drew aid from area volunteer departments and Surry County EMS.

A fire broke out in an outbuilding on the same property on April 2. The April 2 fire caused about $1,000 in damage, by the estimation of fire department officials. Friday’s fire, however, was in the home, making it likely to be a much more costly event.

Because a second fire sounds suspicious, multiple detectives from the Mount Airy Police Department were at the scene and questioning those in the area.

No estimates of damage or additional information regarding the fire was available Friday.

The home, owned by Ausburne Betty Hawks, is valued at $42,450, according to tax department information available online.

The April 2 fire at the location was the second in a string of three fires which broke out between the hours of 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. that day. The fires were all located within a half-mile of each other and have been labeled “suspicious in nature.”

More information regarding Friday’s fire will be reported as it becomes available.

Firefighters battle a blaze at 2038 Springs Road Friday afternoon.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SpringsRdFire3.jpgFirefighters battle a blaze at 2038 Springs Road Friday afternoon. Andy Winemiller | The News

Smoke billows from a vacant home in Mount Airy as firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SprngsRdFire2.jpgSmoke billows from a vacant home in Mount Airy as firefighters work to extinguish the blaze. Andy Winemiller | The News

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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