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Fire destroys Morgan Co. house

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3 volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze. 3 volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze.

A fire destroyed a home in Morgan County around 11 a.m. Thursday. The two-story home sat on Hobbs Ward Road in Somerville. Three volunteer fire departments battled the blaze.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, flames were shooting out of the home, and they had to put heavy water on it. The Somerville truck ran out of water, but Priceville and Oden Ridge fire crews arrived quickly, and hoses were soon flowing again. Another difficulty in fighting the fire was that the closest fire hydrant is on Highway 36, so crews had to run 1,700 feet of hose to connect to that water source.

A further issue with fires in the more rural areas is getting volunteers who are available in the middle of the day. There are about 30 volunteers with the Somerville Fire Department, but only five were able to make the call, so backup from other departments is vital in emergencies like Thursday's fire.

"Out here in the country, we're all volunteers," said Somerville VFD Battalion Chief Jason Staggs. "Everybody's got a job, probably nine out of ten people that volunteer during the day. So we're really short-handed. That was the biggest reason for calling Priceville and Oden Ridge out."

Officials said the fire was so large, the home could not have been saved even under perfect conditions. A man and a woman were on the property when the fire started. Emergency workers took the woman to the hospital with minor injuries.

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