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Fire damages house at Cox’s Creek

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By Randy Patrick

A house at 1000 North Cox’s Creek Drive was badly damaged by fire Thursday morning, but the woman who lived there escaped unharmed.

Nelson County Fire and Rescue got the call from dispatch at 2:30 a.m., and firefighters were on the scene within minutes.

Chief Billy Mattingly said the house was a single story with a basement and walkout two-car garage, which was where the fire started. The fire got into upper part of the house through the heat ducts. The basement and garage were gutted, a car was destroyed, and there was heavy smoke and water damage to the house.

Corey Lanham, the officer in charge, arrived to find flames coming from the garage.

“We were able to knock it down pretty quick,” Mattingly said. “We had 15 firefighters on the scene. For 2:30 in the morning and 10 degrees, it was a good response. … They did a good job.”

Firefighters remained until about 6:30 a.m.

Mattingly said there were no serious injuries but he and other firefighters fell on ice.

Mattingly did not know the name of the woman who lived there, and Lanham had the report.

Mary Taylor said her son, Taylor White, got to the house before firefighters did and pounded on the doors to wake the woman, who was there alone.

Fire destroys truck

Chief Ted Shields of Northeast Nelson Fire said that a pickup truck was damaged by fire Wednesday morning. Firefighters got the call at 570 Yates-Cooney Neck Road at 11:42 a.m. and responded.

The pickup had a 100-gallon extra fuel tank that “wasn’t breached,” but the truck itself was a total loss, Shields said.

The chief said the owner, Shawn Knopp, started the truck to let it warm up and left for a few minutes, and when he returned, noticed smoke coming from the truck, a Dodge Ram 2500.