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Chimney Fire Blackens Henderson Co. Home

Whenever the cold sets in, it's a common cause of fire.

"The fire appears to have started as a result of a chimney fire," says Mills River fire chief Rick Livingston.

Firefighters from several departments rushed to the burning house off Highway 280 in Henderson County off Alexander Road.

Livingston says the flames cut a hole through the house.

"When we arrived we had heavy fire coming from the roof of the home," Livingston tells us. "Heavy damage to where the wood stove was located."

Chief Livingston says homeowners should be sure to have their chimney's and flue pipes cleaned.

"Twice a year," he explains. "Twice during the heating season if possible."

There was no one home when the fire broke out. The house belongs to Phillip Hudson, a Hendersonville police officer.

"It's quite hard, everything he owned is right there," says neighbor Ed Brumley.

Red Cross volunteers checked in to make sure the man who lives alone knew he is not alone.

"He has someone to stay with, family," a volunteer says.

Brumley says a few others on the street have had the same type of fire in the past, and the neighborhood will help Hudson get through his loss.

"Everybody in the community's gonna help him out."

By John Le

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