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Six Homeless After Keswick House Fire

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Six people are without a home after losing almost everything in a massive fire Friday morning

The blaze blocked off Route 231 (Gordonsville Road at Stony Point Pass) in Keswick for most of the afternoon as firefighters fought to bring it under control.

The fire was in a rural part of Albemarle County, without much access to water, and it escalated quickly.

"There was a lot of dark smoke coming out of the back of the house, and within probably five minutes the front of the house, the flames engulfed," Pamela Myers, a neighbor.  

Myers and her mother watched the fire engulf their neighbor's home.

"I think I was the first one to see it, and I called it to her attention. And I ran in the house, got the phone and called," said Norma Smith, Myers mother.

It took crews more than two hours to get the fire knocked down, largely because they were in a very rural area, with little access to water.

"There's a pond down the road, and apparently they're drawing from that. But yeah, that's an issue," Myers.

"That's what we've trained to do, we've trained for incidents like this. We prepare for incidents like this, so we are prepared to arrive and go to work, and establish that water supply, and fight this thing in a rural environment," said Chief Dan Eggleston of Albemarle County Fire & Rescue.

Crews say much of what was left inside is destroyed, but no one was hurt.

"Things can be replaced, but not the lives," said Myers.

The only thing salvaged from the ashes was a Bible. 

"It is a tremendous loss, and we want to be very sensitive to them, and try to get in and help them recover as much information as possible," said Eggleston.

The American Red Cross was on the scene helping the family. Disaster workers are providing financial aid to help with meals and clothing.

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