- Last Updated on 07:50 AM 01/06/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
One family was left homeless in an early Sunday morning blaze on Cluster Springs Road, and South Boston Police are investigating a suspicious Saturday morning fire in a vacant home on North Main Street.
In the wee hours Sunday morning, Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department was called to a house fire at 5118 Cluster Springs Road.
According to Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Harris, 12 Cluster Springs volunteer firefighters responded with four trucks around 12:50 a.m. to the home owned by Alvin and Sheila Bembry and occupied by their daughter, Alicia, and family.
No one was at home when the fire broke out, and the house was fully involved when firefighters from across the county arrived on the scene, Harris said.
Cluster Springs volunteer firefighters received assistance from Turbeville Volunteer Fire Department with five firefighters and two trucks, South Boston Fire Department with four firefighters, Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department with four firefighters and one truck, Woodsdale Volunteer Fire Department from North Carolina with 11 firefighters and two trucks, Midway Volunteer Fire Department with three firefighters and one truck, Halifax Volunteer Fire Department with one firefighter, Liberty and Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Departments with two firefighters and the Halifax County Rescue Squad with three people on standby.
Sheriff’s deputies also were on the scene.
It took firefighters over four hours to bring the fire under control, and they remained on the scene until 5:16 a.m. dousing the flames using 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of water, Harris said.
The fire rekindled later that morning around 7:53 a.m. when a neighbor reported flames showing from the totally destroyed home.
Seven firefighters from Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department returned with two trucks and were assisted by Turbeville Volunteer Fire Department with four firefighters and one truck.
Firefighters remained on the scene for three more hours bringing the flames under control using 8,000 gallons of water.
The home valued at $190,000 was listed as a total loss, Harris said.
The cause of the fire may have been electrical, the chief said, however, an investigation is continuing.
South Boston blaze
South Boston Police are investigating a Saturday morning house fire that occurred at 1907 North Main Street, according to Sgt. Matt Gilliam of the South Boston Police Department.
The South Boston Police Department along with the South Boston Fire Department arrived on the scene around 3:05 a.m.
According to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips, 10 firefighters responded on three trucks and were assisted by Halifax Volunteer Fire Department with six firefighters and one truck and Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department who also brought one truck and six firefighters.
Firefighters remained on the scene until 5 a.m. trying to bring the fire under control using several thousand gallons of water from a nearby fire hydrant.
The vacant home valued at around $60,000 sustained about $30,000 in damage, Phillips said.
After further investigation, Gilliam said authorities deemed the fire “suspicious in nature,” and the South Boston Fire Department requested police investigate further.
Detective C. Carswell and Special Agent R. Ridgeway with the Virginia State Police spent a good part of the day Saturday at the scene investigating a potential cause.
Anyone with any information about this fire is asked to contact Carswell at the South Boston Police Department at 434-575-4273 or call Crime Stoppers at 434-476-8445.
Bill Tuck Highway house fire
Fire also damaged a single-story brick home belonging to Anthony Powell and located at 5160 Bill Tuck Highway early Sunday morning.
Firefighters from Midway Volunteer Fire Department and South Boston Fire Department found light smoke coming from the house when they arrived on the scene, according to Midway Volunteer Fire Chief Brent Seamon.
Floor joists underneath the fireplace had caught on fire in the living room resulting in approximately $10,000 damage to the house, Seamon said.
Four firefighters from Midway and eight from South Boston worked for two hours using about 200 gallons of water to bring the blaze under control.
The homeowner was at home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured in the blaze, Seamon said.