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Clover family of five escapes blaze

A house fire early Thursday morning has left a family of five homeless. Clover Volunteer Fire Department was called at 2:45 a.m. Thursday to the home of Phillip Snead at 1045 Rodgers Chapel Road for a reported house fire, according to a fire department spokesman.

When they arrived the firefighters found fire coming out of the windows of the single-story wood-frame and sided structure and fire showing through the basement windows, the spokesman said.

Clover VFD responded with two trucks and 10 firefighters, assisted by Triangle VFD with two trucks and eight firefighters, Scottsburg VFD with one truck and two firefighters and Halifax VFD with two trucks and seven firefighters.

Snead, his wife and three daughters were at home at the time of the fire, but all got out of the house safely, the spokesman said. He said Snead called in the fire to the 911 Center.

Fire officials declared the house, valued at between $80,000 and $100,000 and owned by Garland Ricketts, as a total loss.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 6:45 a.m., the spokesman said. They were called back later Thursday morning for a smoldering ceiling, but the spokesman said firefighters put that out with a fire extinguisher.

The spokesman said it appeared the fire started between the basement ceiling and the ground floor of the house, but the cause is unknown.

The Halifax Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the Snead family.