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Pulaski house fire goes unnoticed

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Fire broke out in a Pulaski home last weekend, but the structure was leveled by the time it was noticed and reported to Pulaski Fire Department.

Todd Garwood, Pulaski fire marshal, said it was close to 10 a.m. Sunday before someone called to find out whether Pulaski Fire Department was aware of the incident. He said a neighbor found the home leveled around 7:30 a.m., but assumed firefighters had already been there overnight.

When Pulaski Fire Department was notified and responded to 4123 McFall Hollow Road, they feared the home’s residents had perished in the blaze. Garwood said a search for remains of the occupants had been ongoing about 45 minutes when it was learned they were out of town. One cat did die in the fire, but a second cat and a dog survived.

What was left of the property was hosed down with more than 800 gallons of water; however, Garwood said it was still too hot Sunday for an investigation to determine the cause and origin.

He returned to the scene Monday and Tuesday, but found the damage too severe to make an official determination of the origin or cause. He suspects it was electrical based on the condition of a wire located between floors in the area where electricity entered the home.

A storm passed through Pulaski between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Power was out in that area for a while, according to Garwood.

The house was a total loss. Damage was estimated at $100,000. The couple who lived there are staying with family in Wytheville.

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