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Saturday fire destroys Dublin house




A fire that destroyed a wood frame home in Dublin Saturday night appears to have started in the area of a woodstove, according to fire officials.

Dublin and Newbern volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the blaze at 14 Peppers Ferry Road at 11:18 p.m., according to Dean Russell, Dublin’s assistant chief.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, “the whole back of the house” in the area of the living room was ablaze, said Russell, leaving the house destroyed. He noted that walls had to be pulled down to extinguish the fire.

Two adult men who were living at the residence were already outside when the fire department arrived. Although there were no smoke alarms in the house and both occupants were asleep, Russell said one of the men was awakened by a noise.

Russell said the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but it appears to have started around the wood stove and some improperly used installation.

The owner of the home apparently died a few weeks ago, according to Russell.

Roger Hudson with the New River Valley Chapter of American Red Cross said the men who were living there are being assisted with food, clothing and three nights lodging.

Dublin Volunteer Fire Department had 23 firefighters at the scene or on standby at the station, while Newbern’s department responded with 15. Fairlawn Volunteer Fire Department brought the county air truck and about three firefighters to keep air bottles filled.

Russell said firefighters were on the scene for over four hours.