Blaze destroys unoccupied home outside Ashland

An unoccupied two-story home at 2026 Hyatt Prairie Road outside Ashland burned to the ground Friday night, despite the efforts of a small crew of Greensprings Fire and Rescue personnel.

According to Fire Chief Gene Davies, the call came in about 9:30 p.m. Friday by neighbors who saw flames burning through the roof of the 2,681-square-foot house.

By the time fire crews arrived, the roof had collapsed because of the intensity of the blaze and the walls were falling.

"There was no hope," said Davies.

No one was home at the time, Davies said. Because of the holiday weekend, many firefighters were unavailable, leaving a crew of four men to battle the flames. Because of the lack of fire hydrants in the rural location, crews quickly set up a water shuttle.

"We had to fill a tanker truck at the lake and then go back to the fire," said Davies. "We did that for about 12 hours straight."

Crews finally got the blaze under control by about 10 a.m. Saturday, leaving only a concrete foundation where the house once stood.

"This is a very remote area," Davies said. "It was difficult to access because of a long, steep, dirt driveway with snow and ice that made it very hazardous."

The cause of the fire remains undetermined until an investigation can be conducted, but Davies said there are several things that point to the possibility of it being an electrical fire.

Property records list the owners as Stephen and Michal Jones and its assessed value as $204,000. The house sits on 5 acres, records show.

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