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MIKE GANGLOFF | The Roanoke Times
Fire destroyed a home in the 3000 block of Old Town Road in Shawsville on Friday morning.
Friday, March 15, 2013
A fire that officials believe started in the chimney and spread quickly over the roof destroyed a Shawsville home Friday.
Neal Turner, Montgomery County emergency services coordinator, said crews responded at about 8 a.m. to the 3000 block of Oldtown Road. The fire was under control about 45 minutes later, he said.
"At this time, everything indicates that it's a flue fire," Turner said. "It looks like the fire started in and around the flue and spread super quickly through the entire roof system."
The house is a total loss, he said.
Two people were inside the home at the time of the fire but escaped without injuries.
Crews from the Elliston Fire Department, Christiansburg Fire Department and the Fort Lewis station in Roanoke County responded, Turner said.
The fire continued to burn Friday afternoon after firefighters pulled back because ammunition in the home started to explode, they said.
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