Vance County fire displaces family of four

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 06:11 PM

A Pebble Hill Lane family awoke to flames early Monday morning that caused a total loss of their two-story home, according to Vance County Fire Chief Harold Henrich.

Henrich said Katherine Bethany and Arthur Glodzick and two small children barely escaped the fire from the upper bedrooms, going downstairs and out the front door.

“They had a hard time finding the front door because of the smoke,” Henrich said. “The family just barely escaped.”

A Vance County Sheriff’s Office report stated the sheriff’s deputies were also involved at the scene, 132 Pebble Hill Lane, confirming there were no injuries from the fire.

Henrich said that Vance County EMS personnel checked the family members and cleared them of injury including smoke inhalation dangers.

“The home was fully involved when we got there,” Henrich said. “It was a total loss. The Red Cross was called in to assist the family. They put the family up in a local motel.”

Henrich estimated the household loss at $150,000 and contents at $50,000, citing tax records. He added that it was his understanding that the home was insured.

“They lost everything. They got out with just the clothes on their backs,” he said.

Henrich confirmed that firefighters responded to the blaze at 3:20 a.m., with Vance County Fire, EMS and rescue departments joined by volunteers from the departments at Hicksboro, Townsville, Watkins and Cokesbury in Vance County and Bullock and Stovall from Granville County.

“We needed the water supply,” Henrichs said of the extensive call-out. “We called in for additional manpower and tankers.”

The fire is under investigation, according to Henrichs and the sheriff’s office.

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