Bedford County firefighters kept busy by two Wednesday night house fires

This Bedford County home on Montevideo Road caught on fire Wednesday night.
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BEDFORD CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Firefighters in Bedford County were kept busy by two house fires Wednesday night.

No one was hurt in either fire.

The first fire was reported at 8 p.m. at a mobile home on Dearing Lane in the Stewartsville area. The fire started from a propane grill on the porch. The estimated damage is $40,000 and the home is uninhabitable.

The second fire was reported just before 10 p.m. Wednesday on Montevideo Road. The two-story house, believed to have been built in the 1800s, was destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Here is the news release from Bedford County Fire & Rescue:

April 20, 2016 – Bedford, VA Bedford County fire crews were kept busy Wednesday night with two residential structure fires. The first one was reported just after 8 pm at a mobile home on Dearing Lane in the Stewartsville area of the county. Units from the Stewartsville Chamblissburg, Hardy and Shady Grove fire departments responded. The structure sustained significant damage. Investigators determined that this fire started at a propane grill in use on the porch. The loss is estimated at $40,000 and the home is uninhabitable.

The second fire was reported just before 10 pm on Montevideo Road. When the first fire trucks arrived eleven minutes later the entire structure was on fire. Units from the Bedford, Huddleston, Forest and Moneta fire departments battled the fire for several hours. The two story house of just over 3000 square feet was a total loss. County records show that the house was built in 1829 although the owner believes that it was built in the mid-1700s. Its exterior walls were all original hand-hewn logs. The cause of this fire is under investigation by the Bedford County Fire Marshal’s Office.

There were no injuries at either fire. The Red Cross is assisting the residents of both homes.