WOODLAND – Gusting winds fanned a fire at a house southeast of Woodland Monday morning that totally destroyed a rural home with falling temperatures and a chilling rain making conditions miserable for volunteer firefighters.
Dispatchers with 911 alerted local fire departments and paged out volunteer firefighters at 9:40 a.m., after they received a phone call from homeowners saying their house was on fire.
“We were dispatched to the home of Sonny Montgomery at 355 County Road 84,” said Randall Yeatman, Fire Chief for Woodland Volunteer Fire Department, the primary department at Monday’s fire. “Smoke was pouring from the house when we got there and the wind got into the fire and made things more difficult for us.”
Yeatman said the structure was a total loss.
Firefighters were on the scene until 12:43 p.m. and were called back to the scene at 4 p.m. to wet down hotspots. The fire occurred as a fast moving cold front moved through the county Monday morning.
“Mr. Montgomery and his brother had just returned home when the discovered the fire,” said Yeatman. “We were told by someone who arrived on the scene early that the fire started in the kitchen.”
Yeatman said the exact cause of the fire was not known.
One end of the wood and brick FHA home collapsed as firefighters battled the blaze and wind pushed the fire through the rest of the house.
Yeatman said no one was hurt in the blaze.
“Everyone out there was cold and wet by the time we got the fire out,” said Yeatman. “I want to thank everyone who responded to this fire in miserable conditions.”
Yeatman said in addition to Woodland Volunteer Fire Department units from Montpelier, Rhodes Chapel and Houston also responded to the blaze.