Fire Destroys Rose Hill Home
by Nathan Gomillion
Volunteer firefighters from two departments worked together Friday to battle a fire that destroyed the house at 1075 Rose Hill Road.
Firefighters received the call at 1:40 p.m. Jan. 25, after a concerned citizen reported smoke rising from the home of Bobby Burchell and family.
Ethridge Fire and Rescue provided mutual aid to members of Giles County Fire and Rescue, with the two departments working together to suppress the flames emerging from the residential structure. Giles County’s EMS and Sheriff’s Department also responded.
The home was consumed by fire within a matter of minutes. As the flames grew, dense black smoke filled the air and the structure of the home gave way, causing the floor and roof to cave inward, spreading debris across the property.
According to GCFR Chief Cory Medley, firefighters remained on the scene for several hours, ensuring the fire did not spread or rekindle. The family was not at home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Giles County Fire Marshal Jeremy
“Although we do not know the cause of the fire at this time, I would like to reinforce the importance of fire safety through the cold season,” Holley said. “Use caution with space heaters; make sure heaters are 36 inches away from anything combustible. Keep chimneys clean and well-maintained. Unplug appliances when not in use or you are not at home. Following fire safety protocols can keep our volunteer firemen from putting their lives at risk.”