According to Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scottie Chilton the fire at 1015 Chestnut Ridge Road off Cook School Road was determined as “suspicious” in nature. He said the bulk of the fire damage to the two-story home was in the upstairs level.
Chilton said when firefighters arrived on the scene flames could be seen shooting from the roof. Chilton said the house was unoccupied and had been foreclosed. The home is now owned by GMAC Mortgage.
The Bannertown fire department was assisted at the scene by members of the Westfield and Pilot Knob volunteer fire departments. Chilton said between 40 to 50 firefighters worked for nearly two hours to extinguish the blaze. The fire was reported to 911 by a neighbor at 10:15 p.m. Sunday night.
A report taken by deputies with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a breaking and entering, larceny, and arson occurred at that residence that night. The report also stated that a $2,500 heating and air unit was stolen and $50,000 in damage was caused to the structure.
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