Fire damages just-remodeled Halls Ferry home

Published 11:40 am Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Warren County home recently remodeled after being flooded by winter rains was damaged again Tuesday, this time by a fire.

The fire at 4807 Halls Ferry Road is believed to have started in the kitchen, said Kelly Worthy, Warren County volunteer fire coordinator.

The blaze, reported by a neighbor at just before 11 a.m., displaced a family of six — homeowners Clifton and Stephanie White and their four daughters, 17, 14 and 8-year-old twins.

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Called from her Port Gibson job, a distraught Stephanie White arrived after firefighters had extinguished the blaze, and was consoled by her sister, Jackie Rozelle.

“The inside had all been redone, and everything was new,” Rozelle said.

The family had left the house for work or school by 7:40 a.m., Stephanie White said.

Rozelle had been on the scene watching as firefighters worked, and kept her sister updated by phone. She said she happened to be returning to her U.S. 80 residence after going to a store on Halls Ferry Road and stopped when she saw smoke.

“I thought it was the next-door neighbor’s house and got out to see,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw that it was my sister’s. I don’t usually go home that way but I’m glad I did today.”

The fire was expected to be ruled accidental, said Worthy.

Crews from Fisher Ferry and Culkin volunteer fire departments responded. The fire was extinguished in a few minutes and firemen remained to clear smoke and check for hot spots, he said.

In addition to the kitchen, the dining and living rooms received water damage and the rest of the home smoke and heat damage, he said.

The home was damaged in flash flooding in January and since, during restoration, has been raised onto concrete blocks.

The Red Cross was called to arrange shelter for the family.