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Friday blaze burns home

A Friday morning fire caused extensive damage to a single-story brick house owned by Grace Richardson of 3177 L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway in Halifax.

According to Halifax Volunteer Fire Chief Daryl Dawson, the carport was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after the fire was reported at 9:20 a.m.

“No one was at home at the time of the blaze,” he said, noting the fire is believed to have started in the carport area, but firefighters are unsure of the cause.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control before it spread to other parts of the house, but the entire home sustained extensive heat and smoke damage, Dawson said.

He estimated damages to the house and its contents at $140,000.

A total of nine Halifax volunteer firefighters responded with three trucks and were assisted by 10 Liberty volunteers on two trucks and eight South Boston firefighters on one truck.

Firefighters used over 3,500 gallons of water bringing the blaze under control and remained on the scene for over two hours, Dawson said. 

Halifax County Rescue Squad also responded to the scene on standby, but thankfully no one was injured, the chief added.