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UPDATE: Electrical conductors cause of Mulberry Road house fire

Updated: Jan 3, 2019

MARTINSVILLE – A cause and origin was determined for a house fire on the 1200 block of Mulberry Road. The fire investigator from the homeowners’ insurance company together with Martinsville Fire & EMS Deputy Fire Marshal Andy Powers were able to determine the cause and origin. The point of origin of the New Year’s Eve significant fire was determined to be in the right rear corner of the home. The cause of the blaze is believed to have been from the electrical conductors leading to an exterior floodlight.


MARTINSVILLE – Monday at approximately 6:21 PM, Martinsville Fire & EMS responded to a residential structure fire in the 1200 block of Mulberry Road. The initial report stated the homeowners saw smoke and flames within the attic of their home. They also reported hearing what sounded like roaring above them within the attic area and smelling smoke before finding the fire and smoke in the third floor area. First 911 reports were unclear if all occupants were out of the structure. The first arriving firefighters found that both home owners had made it safely out of their home along with their dogs. Two cats were unaccounted for, one of which was found inside the home later by firefighters alive and well. Heavy smoke was visible from the eaves all around the home with flames coming from one room on the third floor at the rear of the home. An exterior attack was started while water supply was established. An interior fire attack was performed once water supply was established but was terminated due to extreme heat and risk of collapse which ultimately ensued. Firefighters were on scene until approximately 3:30 AM Tuesday.

Martinsville Fire & EMS would like to thank the mutual aid received from the multiple volunteer fire and rescue agencies in Henry County.

The Fire Marshal’s office is still investigating the fire at this time.


MARTINSVILLE – Martinsville Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire on Mulberry Road Monday evening. At around 6:21 PM, the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call in reference to the fire. The caller advised that there were flames coming from the attic of the home. When fire crews arrived, there was also heavy smoke showing from the roof. Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly. Everyone made it out of the home safely.

Mulberry Road was closed at the 1200 block for several hours due to the fire. Dyer Store Volunteer Fire Department, Ridgeway District Volunteer Fire Department, Henry County Public Safety and Martinsville Police Department assisted.

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