house fire

The Monroe County Fire Department responded to two separate house fires over the Labor Day weekend. The first occurred on Castleberry Loop (above) on Saturday, Sept. 5. The homeowners were not there. When the first truck arrived, it’s estimated that 70 percent of the house was engulfed in flames. Once Monroe County firefighters brought the fire down to a manageable size, teams busted through the front and rear doors and sprayed the interior of the house. The department believes the fire was started by a short circuit when no one was home. Family members are collecting donations for the homeowner, Debbie Jones, and her family at the Sunoco gas station in High Falls.  The grandmother is size 9 in pants, 7-7 1/2 in shoes and medium shirts. Her daughter is 4 in pants, 7 in shoes, & small/medium in shirts. A granddaughter is 13 in shoes, 7 in pants and 6/7-7/8 in shirts. A second fire occurred Monday, Sept. 7 in a single-wide trailer on Rumble Road. When firetrucks arrived, they noted that fire was coming out the front door of the home and had spread along the base structure. Once the fire was suppressed, a team knocked in the door and sprayed the interior. The fire had spread into the roof area. Firefighters were unable to find the homeowner and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, said fire chief Matt Jackson.