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Fire Destroys Ivy Home

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Update (10/15): Investigators have determined the fire was accidental in nature and started in the laundry room area of the house, specifically in the dryer area.

Firefighters worked Sunday night to put out a blaze that destroyed a family's home in Ivy.

The fire started around 5:30 Sunday afternoon. As crews worked to put out the flames, the Barrell family watched their house burn, but the fire chief says they are lucky to be alive.

The back of the house on Broad Axe Road was blazing and the entire house was filled with heavy smoke when fire fighters arrived on the scene Sunday evening. No family members were injured.

Margaret Barrell says her sister-in-law and niece were in the yard when the fire sparked somewhere in the center of the house. Bert Barrell and his son, Mack, were both inside napping, but made it out just in time.

Preston Gentry, the chief of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, said, "The smoke detector woke him up, he came out, came down the steps, and saw the fire in the back of the house and his dad was already up because he heard the smoke detector go off also."

He added, "We preach and preach that smoke detectors are very valuable and this case right here is very valuable because it probably saved two people's lives."

The chief says it's been very difficult to put out the blaze because it is taking so long to get water to the home.

Through late Sunday night, the basement continued to burn. The chief says it is just too dangerous to send anyone down there, and that crews will likely be there late into the night.

Investigators have not determined what caused the fire.

A relative says the family also lost a home to a fire in 2001.

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