Firefighters battled what they termed an “accidental” fire Monday morning that damaged a two-story home on Dunlap Road in Hillsboro.
Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Public Information Officer Branden Jackman said the department received a call reporting the fire at 11:22 a.m. and that by the time firefighters arrived on the scene heavy smoke and flames were showing from the second story and attic of the home, which sets back on a long, narrow driveway at 825 Dunlap Road on the south side of the town.
The home is owned by Jack and Margaret Rogers, according to Jackman.
He said one of the home’s occupants was on oxygen, was not mobile and was removed from the structure by Hillsboro police officer Brian Butler.
Jackman said there was significant damage to the second story of the home and smoke damage to the first story. He said that the structure was not a total loss and should be easily repaired, but the residents were displaced from their home.
The fire department declined to say exactly how the fire started.
Due to the long, narrow driveway back to the home, firefighters set up a portable water storage tank on Dunlap Road and ran a long hose back to the home to supply water to fight the fire.
There were no reported injuries.
Paint Creek was assisted at the scene by Lynchburg Area Joint Fire and Ambulance District and Highland County North Joint Fire and Ambulance District from Leesburg.
Jackman said firefighters cleared the scene at 3:17 p.m.
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