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Unoccupied home, vehicle burn

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, September 28, 2013

A single-story house and sports utility vehicle in Lake Bridgeport were destroyed in an early morning fire Wednesday.

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said Wednesday the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it does not appear to be suspicious.

Total Loss

TOTAL LOSS – A broken down sports utility vehicle also burned when a house on Collum Drive in Lake Bridgeport caught fire early Wednesday morning. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The home on Collum Drive, a rent house owned by Judy Evans, caught fire about 3 a.m. Wednesday and is a total loss. The house had been unoccupied for four to eight months, but Evans was using the single-story structure for storage.

A broken down 2005 Expedition sitting close to the house also burned. Beard said Evans had stored fireworks inside it, which resulted in a few small explosions.

Volunteer fire departments that responded included Lake Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, Bridgeport and Chico.

“All the departments did a good job,” Beard said. “There were lots of exposures in close proximity so they did a good job of preventing the fire from spreading.”

Beard said there were at least two structures within 50 to 75 feet of the home.

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