A house fire in the Glebe area of Mathews late Saturday afternoon caused extensive damage to the home’s kitchen and utility room.
Captain Ricky Tomlinson of Mathews Fire Station 1 said heavy fire was coming through the roof on one end of the house on Evans Road when firefighters arrived. The occupant, who was in a wheelchair, managed to escape to a back deck, he said, but it had no ramp, and neighbors came to his rescue.
Around 20 firefighters responded to the scene with four engines, a tanker, and a rescue truck, said Tomlinson, and they were able to put a quick stop on the fire.
Assistant Fire Chief Steve Ray said the fire was electrical in nature and that the occupant has been displaced from his home.
On Thursday, June 22, firefighters responded to a boat fire on Brush Neck Road in Susan at around 6:20 p.m., said Tomlinson. When they arrived on the scene, the boat was heavily involved, and the fire had spread to the roof over the boat slip, as well.
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