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Fire Destroys Augusta County Home, Family Friend Speaks Out

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A family is picking up the pieces of what's left of their home destroyed by a blaze.

The fire forced the Augusta County family of three out of their home in Mint Springs Saturday night. The family is devastated the home is a total loss, but thankfully nobody was hurt.

The house wasn't just special to that family. One of their neighbors shares a connection to the house.

"Sunday football, football games, you know the holidays, just family gatherings, you know the good times stuff we've had," said Douglas Gutshall, who grew up in the burned down home.

Gutshall lived in the home on Springfield Lane for 16 years. He still lives nearby and passes the home every day.

Sunday was different, however, as he saw his childhood home burned to the ground.

"My wife told me about it and I drove through this morning and looked at it," he said.

Firefighters from six different departments battled the blaze Saturday night. Three family members were in the house when the fire started. They all made it out safely.

The family spent Sunday afternoon recovering what's left of the home which firefighters call a total loss. Friends of the family helped them move cattle and other farm animals off the property.

Gutshall says the Mint Spring community always helps neighbors during a time of need.

"Everybody is really supportive; it's like a community thing, I'm sure people will help out," he said.

Firefighters say the blaze wasn't an easy one to put out. Because there were no hydrants in the area, they had to use taker shuttles for water.

Gutshall says it's heartbreaking to see the home charred.

"It's a crying shame, because a lot of memories," he said.

Gutshall says he's been a friend of the family who lived in the home his entire life and he's just happy they're safe.

The Augusta County Fire Department says it's still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The family is staying with relatives who live nearby.


A fire forces an Augusta County family out of their home Saturday night.

Firefighters from six different departments responded to the blaze at a home on Springfield Lane around 6 p.m. Three family members were in the house when the fire started. They all escaped with no injuries.

Firefighters say the location was a challenge.

"We had to get water supply set up. There's no hydrants close by, so we had to use tanker shuttles. You just try to put as much water on it as you as fast as you can to knock it down," said Chief Barry Lotts, of the Riverheads Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire chief says crews will be on the scene putting out hotspots for several more hours.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The home is a total loss.

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