The cause of a Thursday morning house fire is still under investigation by Surry County Fire Marshal’s office inspectors. According to Fire Inspector Jason Burkholder, no firefighters or civilians were hurt in connection with the blaze.
Burkholder said the call for the fire was received at 8 a.m. for the single story modular home located at 107 Country Mist Lane in the Holly Springs area. He said firefighters responded to the blaze minutes after the call was received and credited an unidentified neighbor with discovering the fire, knocking on the door to wake up the family and making a 911 call to alert authorities.
Members of the Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department served as the primary unit responding to the fire. Burkholder said members arrived on the scene to find a third of the home (the front porch and kitchen areas) engulfed in flames which spread to the living room. He said sizable damage had been done to the home and said it was a total loss.
Fire Inspector Jimmy Ashburn also is assisting Burkholder with the investigation into the cause of the fire which has not been determined. Burkholder said the home, a rental property, was occupied by two adults and six children at the time of the blaze. The owner of the property is identified as Lindsey Warner.
Other fire departments assisting Bannertown included Westfield and Pilot Knob. Other agencies helping with the incident included Surry County Emergency Medical Services and the Mount Airy Rescue Squad. Representatives of the American Red Cross were on the scene to give aid to the victims.
According to the Surry County Chapter of the American Red Cross, its representatives responded to the fire at 9 a.m. and assisted a family of two adults and six children by providing food and clothing. They have been referred to the Emergency Services Department for further assistance.