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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A fire heavily damaged a home in the town of Bedford shortly before midnight Sunday.
Firefighters and police responded to the 500 block of South Street, where flames were reported visible. Crews had the fire under control in less than 20 minutes, Bedford Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brad Creasy said.
Owner Edward Taylor said he had lived in the house 10 years and was sitting in the kitchen talking on the phone when he saw smoke. He said he did not know how the fire started or where it originated.
His daughter and four grandchildren got out of the house safely.
"I just thank God everyone was out," said Taylor, a pastor in a Bedford County church.
Bedford Town Councilman Robert Carson lives next to the house and was among neighbors who watched as trucks lined the street close to downtown Bedford. He was relieved no one was hurt.
Creasy said the damage is estimated at $75,000 and town police are investigating the cause.
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