Lee County reports third house fire in two days

Lee County reports third house fire in two days

Weather could be one reason for the increase.

Forty Lee County firefighters waged a losing battle Wednesday morning in which a Skyline home was gutted by flames.

No one was injured in the fire, the third to occur in two days in Lee County.

Cold weather could be a factor, fire officials said. The number of home fires goes up when the temperature drops, mainly because of the increased use of heating sources.

The latest fire was reported shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday on County Road 1310, less than an eighth of a mile from state Highway 178 in the Skyline community.

A passer-by noticed flames shooting through the roof of the one-story, three-bedroom brick house and stopped to notify the two people who were sleeping in two of the back bedrooms. The fire apparently started in a front bedroom, said Mooreville-Eggville Fire Chief Ron Witte.

The house was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. It took the volunteers from Belden, Mooreville, Plantersville and Saltillo about an hour to knock down the flames. Witte said fires are tougher to fight once the flames move onto the roof and start burning shingles and tar.

Firefighters had not determined a cause for the fire Wednesday.

– Cynthia M. Jeffries

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