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Ahoskie fire quickly extinguished

Ahoskie firefighters battle a Monday morning blaze at 903 Everett Street. Staff Photo by Cal Bryant

AHOSKIE – What caused a fire here Monday morning remains under investigation.

Ahoskie firefighters rushed to the scene of a blaze at903 Everett Street, located across from the playground ofAhoskieChristianSchool, at approximately 8:25 a.m.

Upon arrival they encountered heavy smoke coming from a singlewide mobile home located within a mobile home park owned by Ahoskie Free Will Baptist Church.

The firemen were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.

Ahoskie Fire Department Assistant Chief Eric Whitmeyer said the blaze began in the living room near a couch. Patrick Eure, who rents the home from the church, was not at the residence at the time of the fire.

Whitmeyer said there was heat and smoke damage throughout the home. Structural damage was estimated at $5,000 and an equal amount of damage was assessed to the contents.

The Ahoskie Fire Department responded with three units and 13 men. The Ahoskie Police Department andHertfordCountyEMSalso responded.

Whitmeyer said the home is unlivable and that Eure had been contacted by the American Red Cross for housing assistance.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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