A late night fire destroyed a Mount Airy home Tuesday.
Mount Airy Fire Department personnel responded to the fire at 327 Cross Creek Drive at 9:21 p.m. The home, which is owned by Ralph and Eva Cooke, sustained approximately $65,000 in damage, according to a fire department report.
The structure was valued at about $88,000, according to the Surry County Tax Department. The fire also resulted in $15,000 in damage to the contents of the home.
Mount Airy Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said his personnel, who were on the scene of the blaze within about six minutes of receiving the call, were able to contain the fire to the living room area of the house. However, Poindexter said smoke damage to the remainder of the home was extensive.
The cause of the fire is officially listed as “accidental.” However, Poindexter said he and other investigators are pretty sure of the exact cause of the fire.
“It’s most probable the cause of the fire was combustibles being placed too close to a heat source,” said Poindexter.
Poindexter said people need to be aware of the hazards associated with heating their homes.
“Always leave at least three feet of standoff area between a heat source and anything that could catch fire,” explained Poindexter.
Poindexter said Tuesday’s blaze had department personnel working late into the night, returning to the fire stations at about 11:30 p.m.
“It’s that time of year,” remarked Poindexter, who went on to explain wintertime heating issues lead to an increased number of fires in homes.
Poindexter said the fire resulted in no injuries to either the occupants of the home or emergency response personnel. He added the displaced occupants, who were not home when the blaze broke out, are staying with neighbors, and the American Red Cross had been alerted.
Other entities responding to Tuesday’s fire included the Franklin, Bannertown and Four Way Volunteer Fire Departments, the Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Surry County EMS, Duke Energy and the American Red Cross.
Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.