Firefighter injured, home total loss after fire in Stewartsville

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BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A home is a total loss and a firefighter is recovering from minor injuries after a house fire in Bedford County Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported in the 12300 block of Stewartsville Road just before 9:30 a.m., Bedford County Fire Marshall Leo George III said.

“Once we got here, we had multiple fire companies — Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire Company, Company 13, they were first here on scene,” he explained. “Bedford Fire Department arrived second. And Moneta Fire Department arrived [last].”

Crews had to truck in water to fight the house fire, laying between 500 and 600 feet of five-inch hose, George said.

A firefighter “suffered minor injuries” and was treated at the scene, the fire marshall told WFXR News.

The fire is still under investigation, but the homeowner — who did not want to go on camera — said he was painting when the fire started. He spilled the paint when the fire started and “it spread quick.”

Breanna Lawhorn is the daughter of the homeowner. Before hearing from her family, she heard about the fire on Facebook while at work in Roanoke. She said the fire destroyed a home that had been in her family since the 1960s.

“[We’ve lived here] since I was a baby. I grew up in this house. This is my hometown, so it’s a shove in the heart to see it go,” Lawhorn said.

The family has not decided if they will rebuild at this time.

Many of the crews at Tuesday’s fire are from the same departments that responded to a fire earlier this month in the 2500 block of Joppa Mill Road in Moneta that resulted in a mayday call. Three firefighters were injured in that fire and one was airlifted to a North Carolina hospital. George said that mayday call and fire are still under investigation. He said there were no changes in how crews fought Tuesday’s fire.

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