Fire crews respond to house fire in Augusta County
Augusta County Fire Chief David Nichols tells WHSV, the call came in for a house fire around 4:30 a.m. along the 400 block of White Oak Gap Road. Units were on the scene within five minutes.
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Augusta County Fire Chief David Nichols tells WHSV, the call came in for a house fire around 4:30 a.m. along the 400 block of White Oak Gap Road. Units were on the scene within five minutes.
Tracie Tackett-Penrod said a roaring sound woke her up, and she found flames on the porch. She said she and her significant other tried to put it out with water buckets but the fire spread too quickly.
The two, along with Tackett-Penrod’s son and dog were able to safely evacuate the home.
Tackett-Penrod said the house is her mother’s old home, and her family was in the process of moving in. Unfortunately, the fire caused extensive damage to the roof and several rooms.
“We’re still looking for our two kitties. We’re hoping they hid somewhere inside and are going to be OK, but my family is safe and that’s all that matters,” Tackett-Penrod said.
Fire officials investigating the incident have not been able to determine the cause of the fire, but said it does not appear suspicious. The investigation has been passed onto the insurance company.
“Just really cannot nail down what started the fire, so at the end of the day, even though you practice everything safely, it still can happen, so always be on your guard,” Tackett-Penrod said. “Love everyone. Drop this race garbage. Drop this political garbage, and just appreciate everyone that’s around you. Life is what matters. This stuff does not.”
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