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Blaze at vacant house under investigation

An early Thursday morning fire is being investigated, and its origin has yet to be determined, according to Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Andy Hughes who said the fire may have been deliberately set.

Firefighters were called to 8065 Chatham Road Thursday at 6:10 a.m. for a report of a fire in a single-story brick house owned by Earl Hodges of Brooklyn, New York.

The vacant house was undergoing renovations when the fire broke out in the living room and kitchen, Hughes said.

“Smoke was coming from the eaves of the house when we got there,” the fire chief said. 

No one was at the house when firefighters arrived on the scene and began extinguishing the blaze using an estimated 1,000 gallons of water.

Liberty Volunteer Fire Department responded with three trucks and 11 personnel and was assisted by Halifax Volunteer Fire Department with two trucks and nine firefighters, North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department with one truck, one ambulance and 10 firefighters and Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department with two trucks and two firefighters. 

The brick house was valued at $45,000, and Hughes estimated damage at $10,000.