WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS –
Fire at mid-morning on Wednesday severely damaged a house at 793 Briscoe
Road in White Sulphur Springs.
The blaze started as a chimney fire and extended into the house, according
to initial fire radio calls, but Fire Chief Tim Fink said later the cause
is unknown and under investigation by the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire.
Firefighters had difficulty extinguishing the blaze because of the extremely
cold temperatures causing fire hoses to freeze and the need to truck in
water by tankers.
Because of the light weight construction of the house, the chief said
there was a partial collapse.
No residents were injured and one firefighter was treated at the scene
for a sore ankle.
The Red Cross was called in to provide assistance to the family members
who are now homeless.
Several area fire departments were called in under mutual aid including
Swan Lake, Kauneonga Lake, Jeffersonville and Liberty with other departments