Fire displaces one, destroys townhouse

Oct. 29, 2013 @ 06:09 PM

A townhouse fire in Vance County Sunday threatened four residences, but quick and strategic intervention by firefighters saved attached homes from being destroyed.

The fire at 112 Hester Drive was a total loss, causing $100,000 structure damage and an estimated $20,000 damage to contents inside, according to Vance County Fire Chief Harold Henrich.

“The fire started in front of the residence,” Henrich said. “The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

In addition to Vance firefighters, rescue and EMS crews, volunteers from Watkins, Bearpond and Hicksboro departments responded to the 1:30 p.m. call as well. A ladder truck from the Henderson Fire Department also came out.

Henderson Fire Chief Danny Wilkerson said that thankfully the assistance of the ladder truck was not needed.

Henrich said that it was effective firefighting that contained the fire to one residence.

“All of the fire departments did an outstanding job of containing this fire to one unit,” Henrich said. “It had the potential of destroying all four units.”

Henrich said one neighboring residence did sustain smoke damage that rendered it uninhabitable for the time being, but it was vacant so no one was displaced.

The destroyed residence resulted in the displacement of one woman, Henrich said.


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