Fire demolishes home in Pea Ridge

Published 5:41pm Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Pea Ridge family’s home burnt to the ground on Monday, Sept. 24 despite the efforts of about 40 firefighters.

One of the two chimneys left standing after a fire destroyed a Pea Ridge home Monday, Sept. 24.(from video submitted by the Mill Spring Fire Department)

No one was injured, but the family lost their dog, Halle, in the fire.
Mill Spring Fire Chief Trent Carswell said his department was dispatched around 3 p.m. to 1151 Manus Chapel Road, where firefighters found the house fully engulfed.
The family, consisting of Tom Hix and his daughter’s family, Michael and Dollie-Brooke Reid and their two children, had just finished moving into the home on Sunday.
Carswell said Hix spent some time attempting to extinguish the fire, but was unsuccessful.
Firefighters came from Mill Spring, Green Creek, Columbus and Sunny View to fight the fire but Carswell said the fire spread so quickly that by the time firefighters arrived the house was already falling in.
Carswell also said fighting the fire was difficult because of the house’s location down a long driveway and because volunteers had to fill up tankers from the nearest hydrant, located at Pea Ridge Road.
The Polk County American Red Cross as well as the Polk County Sheriff’s Office also attended the fire to offer assistance.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
A post office box has been set up in Mill Spring for anyone wishing to send donations to the family. Donations can be sent to Michael and Dollie-Brooke Reid at P.O. Box 244, Mill Spring, N.C. 28756.

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