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Irving College home burns
Joel Tate, a volunteer with Collins River Fire Department and one of the first on the scene, douses flames through a master bedroom window while crews inside fight to extinguish the blaze. EMS supervisor John Pitts stands behind Tate assisting in the effort.

An Irving College resident returned home Monday to find her home in flames.

Alyssa Moody of Slaughter Bend Road made the discovery after a short trip to visit her daughter. Moody estimates she was only gone about 40 minutes. The call to dispatch came in Monday at 11:01 a.m.

“There is extensive damage in the master bedroom and back portion of the home, with smoke damage throughout the entire home,” said Donald Hillis, Assistant Fire Chief with Collins River Fire Department. “Although it cannot be lived in now in its current state, the home is not a total loss.” 

Collins River, Harrison Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, Warren County EMS, and Warren County first-responders made a collaborative effort to combat the fire. Volunteers with the Collins River Fire Department were the first to respond on the scene in a successful attempt to save the home.

Moody returned to find her home burning and smoke billowing from the roof while the crews worked to drown out the flames.

Volunteer firefighters labored exhaustively to extinguish the blaze from within the home and from the outside to avoid the wooded area which surrounds the structure. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. It appears to have originated in the master bedroom area.