NEWELL | A home on Seventh Street was destroyed in a fire Monday afternoon. No one was injured, but the blaze also damaged two vehicles, some outbuildings and a section of a greenhouse that was no longer being used.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, said Newell Volunteer Fire Department Chief Verl Tifft.
The home belonged to Ed and Lynette Culver. Ed was home when the fire started. He grabbed his dog and barely escaped the flames.
"It's pretty bad when your insurance agent calls you to tell you that your house is on fire," said Lynette, who was at work. "I have to give credit to the firefighters though."
Five firefighting units from Newell and two each from Vale and Nisland battled the blaze. At one point, Tifft said, firefighters had to pull back because of the extreme heat.
Lynette said once the blaze was under control firefighters searched through the rubble and found her purse. She was able to salvage her driver's license and other important documents.
Lynette sat on the side of the road in her vehicle with her granddaughter and the family dog as firefighters worked throughout the afternoon to extinguish the blaze.
"Red Cross has already been here," she said. "They gave us a debit card to help with our immediate needs."