There were no injuries following a Saturday afternoon fire that destroyed a home on Farm Road 1306.

According to a report from Gaineville Fire Department, fire fighters received the call at 1:07 p.m.

Gainesville Assistant Fire Chief Wally Cox said the first call indicated that the caller could smell some smoke and suspected some electrical wiring in the house was bad. Cox said he believes the caller was not a resident of the home.

“The initial report was that some electrical wires were hot,” he said. The caller quickly called back to say the structure was actually a full-fledged fire.

Efforts to save the home were hampered by high winds and the fact that the fire progressed through the home very rapidly.

“The house was pretty well involved when we pulled on scene. We had some 30-mile gusts that day,” he remarked.

“We attempted to make entry and found that conditions were just untenable and we unable to make entry,” he said.

Cox called the fire “a total loss,” adding that the water supply for the fire fighters was also a problem due to the rural area in which the fire occurred.

“We did call in additional water tanker support from Lindsay and Valley View,” he said.

GFD also requested and received assistance from Era, Muenster and Myra for their water tankers,” he said.


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