Fire displaces family of four

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 08:47 PM

MIDDLEBURG — A mobile home fire Thursday afternoon displaced a family of four and is still under investigation by the Vance County Fire Department.

The cause of the fire, at 485 Cedar Cove Road in Middleburg, has not yet been determined, said Vance County Fire Chief Harold Henrich.

Drewry Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Holtzman said the mobile home belonged to Mark Sommerville Jr., who has a wife and two children.

Holtzman said Sommerville was the only one home when the structure set fire, but he did not sustain any injuries.

Holtzman said the structure was entirely destroyed and Henrich described the damage as a total loss.

Fire departments from Bearpond, Drewry, Cokesbury, Vance County and the Vance County Rescue Squad were dispatched to the scene when the call was received between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Holtzman said the departments were called back again later in the afternoon when smoldering debris was reported.

“There wasn’t anything to it,” Holtzman said of the second call. “There was just some smoldering debris and that happens.”

The local American Red Cross was called to assist the family, but Holtzman said he was not aware of the family’s status.

“I don’t know if they are staying with family, because we turned them over to the Red Cross,” he said.

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