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Separate fires damage home in Halifax, destroy cabin

A fire early Saturday morning resulted in an estimated $80,000 damage to the Halifax residence of John Mitchell.

Halifax Fire Chief Darryl Dawson said the fire in the Marion Trail single story house, which started around a window air conditioning unit in a bedroom, appeared to be an electrical fire.

All of the occupants of the house got out safely and were outside when the first firemen arrived.

Dawson said the fire began in the bedroom wall and spread up the wall into the attic. Firemen were able to bring the fire under control within 15 minutes and contain the fire to the one bedroom.

The remainder of the single-story structure received heat, smoke and water damage. Much of the home’s contents were damaged by heat and smoke, Dawson said.

Nine men and five trucks from Halifax Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 12:44 a.m. call. 

Eleven firemen and three trucks from Triangle Volunteer Fire Department and five firemen and one truck from Liberty Volunteer Fire Department also responded. 

A few firemen from the South Boston Fire Department also assisted, Dawson said.

Firemen were on the scene for a little over two hours.

Dawson said the area Red Cross chapter is assisting the Mitchell family.

Halifax firefighters were returning to the station from the Marion Trail fire when Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 3 a.m. to the report of a fire in a hunting cabin on Mountain Road in Halifax.

Fire destroyed the cabin owned by Mark Campbell and valued at $10,000.

According to Oak Level VFD Chief Dean Waltman, Halifax firefighters were the first to arrive on the scene and found the cabin fully involved.

“It had fallen in before we got there,” Waltman said of the 10 Oak Level VFD firefighters who responded with four trucks.

Waltman said a camping trailer adjacent to the cabin also was burned in the fire sustaining approximately $6,000 in damage.

The occupant of the camping trailer was able to get out safely, he added.

The cause of the fire was undetermined, Waltman said.

He said a party had been held in the cabin earlier that evening, but everyone had left the cabin when the fire started.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 6:30 a.m. bringing the blaze under control.