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Dryer blaze causes nearly $30K in damage

What started as a dryer fire and spread to the kitchen resulted in extensive damage to a home located at 1090 Bill Tuck Highway in South Boston on Thursday afternoon. 

A resident of the home, Bonnie Duffey, reported the fire as a dryer fire at 2:15 p.m

When South Boston Fire Department firefighters and Cluster Springs Fire Department firefighters arrived on scene, they found the fire had spread to the kitchen area and witnessed heavy smoke coming from the house, according to South Boston Fire Department Fire Chief Steve Phillips. 

The family of five had safely evacuated the house before firemen arrived.  

Firemen remained on the scene for an hour. 

South Boston Fire Department responded with three trucks and 10 firemen, and Cluster Springs Fire Department assisted with one truck and six firefighters. 

The home, owned by Paige Hudson, is valued at $85,000, and total property damage is estimated at $30,000. 

The American Red Cross is currently assisting the family, Phillips said.