PILOT MOUNTAIN — Firefighters from Pilot, Bannertown and Ararat responded to a family’s report of a fire early Friday morning.
At 12:16 a.m., Diane Natalie called 911 to report a residential dwelling fire at 110 Tobacco Lane.
Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, as well as Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department and Ararat Volunteer Fire Department.
Arriving at the residence, firefighters discovered the flames, which originated in her son’s bedroom, had traveled to the attic.
For about three hours they worked to kill the fire and secure the location. Ultimately, the brick house experienced severe heat, smoke and water damage.
“The house itself will be salvageable,” said Pilot Knob Fire Chief James DeHart, “but you’re still probably looking at $100,000 to $120,000 of work in replacing the items that were in the house.”
Natalie and her children Richie and Kristina, students at East Surry High, escaped with no injuries. They could not be reached for comment.
DeHart said he believed the fire was electrical in origin.
“We don’t know how it started,” said Surry County Fire Marshal Doug Jones. “There are two or three things we could not rule out. But it was definitely accidental.
“We’re still investigating to find the exact cause.”
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