Last updated: November 14. 2013 10:19AM - 2817 Views
By - kstrange@civitasmedia.com



The cause of this house fire on Hamburg Street is under investigation. Fire officials say flames were coming through the roof when they arrived on the scene shortly before 5 a.m.
The cause of this house fire on Hamburg Street is under investigation. Fire officials say flames were coming through the roof when they arrived on the scene shortly before 5 a.m.
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A portion of Hamburg Street near Renfro Street in Mount Airy was closed for several hours Thursday morning as the Mount Airy Fire Department battled a fire that destroyed a home.


According to Chief Zane Poindexter, firefighters received a call alerting them to the blaze at 4:50 a.m.


When firefighters arrived on the scene at 161 Hamburg Street, they discovered a blaze well under way in the single-story brick home.


“There was fire coming through the roof upon our arrival,” he said at the scene.


The home was unoccupied when firefighters arrived, Poindexter said.


“The home is being lived in, but the occupant was not home at the time,” the chief said. “We spent quite a bit of time trying to find out whether anyone was inside.”


Firefighters are working to determine what started the blaze, Poindexter said.


“There will be an extensive investigation to find out what started the fire,” he said as nearly a dozen firefighters combed through the rubble. “I’d hate to say anything before leaving the scene.”


The Mount Airy Fire Department responded to the blaze with two engines, a ladder truck, a command vehicle and dozens of firefighters, according to Poindexter.


Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com

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