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Fire Destroys Jeffress Boulevard House In SoBo

Fire destroyed a South Boston home Wednesday evening, according to South Boston fire officials. Firefighters were called to 2120 Jeffress Boulevard at 5:51 Wednesday for a report of a house on fire, according to a fire department spokesman.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke billowing from the eaves of the house and fire showing from the back part of the single-story frame house out of the bathroom windows, the spokesman said.

The house was owned by Robert Humphries and occupied by Gloria Hutcherson, who was not at home when the fire broke out, the spokesman said.

South Boston Fire Department responded with three trucks and 16 firefighters, assisted by two trucks and 10 firefighters from the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.

One firefighter suffered minor burns, the spokesman said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for approximately two hours battling the blaze that is believed to have started in the bathroom. The spokesman said the house’s electric panel box was in the bathroom, along with a small electric heater nearby.

Fire officials estimate damage to the house at $30,000—a total loss.

Red Cross Executive Director Ginger Weaver said the Halifax County Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.