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Saturday fire destroys home in Halifax

An early Saturday morning fire destroyed a house on L. P. Bailey Highway in Halifax leaving a father and his 19-year-old son with nothing but the clothes on their backs, but no one was hurt in the blaze.

According to Halifax Volunteer Fire Chief Darryl Dawson, 14 Halifax VFD firefighters arrived at the home occupied by James Reagan Jr. and son around 3:43 a.m. with four fire trucks and found the house completely engulfed in flames. 

Assisting were Liberty Volunteer Fire Department with 10 firefighters and three trucks, Triangle Volunteer Fire Department with three firefighters and one truck, North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department with six firefighters and two trucks and Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department with two firefighters and one truck.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 6:54 a.m. bringing the fire under control. They used 16,000 gallons of water to extinguish the flames.

Dawson said Reagan’s son was home at the time the fire broke out, and the cause remains under investigation.

According to Dawson, the house, owned by Sally Moore of Oxford, N. C., was declared a total loss after sustaining $65,000 in damages. 

The American Red Cross is assisting Reagan and his son with immediate needs such as shelter, food and clothing, according to Ginger Weaver of the American Red Cross.