Family of four evacuates burning home

Published 12:10 am Monday, September 12, 2016

ELLIS CROSSROADS — A family of four was left without a home after a Saturday night fire.

Jeff Whitley, chief of Ellis Cross Country Fire Department, said 911 received a call at 11:42 p.m. Saturday night about a kitchen fire. The residents of 500 Hawkinstown Road were getting ready to go to bed when one told fire officials she heard a “cracking” sound from the kitchen. When she went to check, the kitchen was already in flames.

The family — two adults and two children — evacuated, and no injuries were reported. Whitley said that by the time firefighters arrived, the “entire roof was gone.” The blaze was upgraded to a three-alarm fire, with Salisbury, Franklin, Spencer, Miller’s Ferry, Woodleaf and Union departments responding. Rowan Rescue also responded to the residence.

Whitley reported that firefighters attempted to get into the house, but were forced to retreat. Instead, they used a nearby fire hydrant to pump water onto the fire until it was extinguished.

“It was a tremendous fire, no doubt about that,” Whitley said.

The house, which the family was renting, was valued at $110,000 Whitley said. It was a total loss. Whitley reported that the fire seemed to originate around the stove in the kitchen, but said he couldn’t determine any more details.

The family was assisted by the Red Cross.