- Last Updated on 07:13 AM 12/24/12
- BY Doug Ford
James “Jim” Hazelwood wasn’t at home Friday afternoon when a fire consumed his story and a half frame/log dwelling at 1051 Covington Trail, but nephew Roger Hazelwood, a lieutenant with the Clover Volunteer Fire Department, didn’t know that until he arrived at the scene to help fight the blaze.
“He stays here part-time. Thank goodness his truck wasn’t here when I got here,” said a relieved Hazelwood, part of a group of 24 personnel from five county fire departments and the county rescue squad responding to the fire, which was reported at approximately 4 p.m.
Crews were at the scene until shortly after 5:30 p.m.
Clover Volunteer Fire Department sent two trucks and 12 personnel to fight the fire, Triangle Volunteer Fire Department responded with three trucks and four men, Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department with one truck and two men, Liberty Volunteer Fire Department with a tanker and two men, and Halifax Volunteer Fire Department with one fireman, according to Hazelwood.
Halifax County Rescue Squad responded with three personnel if needed.
Fortunately they weren’t, but the house, which is at least 30-years-old, is a total loss, according to Roger Hazelwood, who believes the fire started in the kitchen area where a wood stove is located.
“That’s the only source of heat he had,” said Hazelwood while pointing to a pile of fresh-cut firewood near the house.
Hazelwood, who estimated the value of the house with all its contents at $35,000, added the family wanted to thank everybody who came out to help fight the fire.
Friday’s fire marked the second time in as many days that a house fire has taken a home away from a county resident, with a Thursday morning house fire consuming a single-story home on Woods Creek Lane, just off Bethel Road.