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Two fires strike Halifax County on Friday

A Friday afternoon house fire caused extensive damage to a Vernon Hill community home, according to an Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department spokesman.

Oak Level VFD Chief Dean Waltman said resident Greg Perkins discovered the fire, which he reported at 12:56 p.m. at his home on 1063 Loop Road.

Losses were estimated at $35,000 to the contents of the story and a half frame structure and $50,000 to the structure itself, Waltman said, adding Perkins was not injured in the blaze and was able to save several items.

Three trucks and 10 personnel from Oak Level, two trucks and six personnel from Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, and one firefighter each from South Boston Fire Department and Liberty Volunteer Fire Department were at the scene for about two hours.

The fire started in the electrical panel box, according to Waltman, adding Perkins noted an electrical smell when he came home and opened the closet containing the electrical panel to discover the closet engulfed in flames.

Later on Friday evening around 6 p.m., Oak Level VFD responded to a house fire on Oak Level Road.

The unoccupied wood structure owned by Sandy Crenshaw was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene, Waltman said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, the fire chief said, adding, “It was suspicious in nature.”

There was no electrical service to the house, the Oak Level VFD fire chief said.

Oak Level VFD responded with eight firefighters and four trucks and was assisted by Halifax VFD who responded with eight firefighters and two trucks.

Also providing assistance were two South Boston firefighters.

Waltman said the wood-framed house, which was primarily used for storage, burned to the ground with damages estimated at $15,000.