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Afternoon fire destroys family home

The home of a Lincoln County couple was destroyed by fire Mondayin spite of the efforts of three county fire departments.

The house at 2282 Highway 84, owned by Quincy and Alice Hall,caught fire sometime before 2 p.m. Monday, Zetus Volunteer FireChief Dale Anding said.

“It looked like it started in the kitchen area, and was fullyinvolved in the kitchen and the living room,” Anding said.

Members of Zetus, Loyd Star and Hog Chain volunteer firedepartments worked to extinguish the blaze, which fire departmentofficials said was a tough assignment based on the age of the oldwood frame home. Firefighters began an interior attack but wereforced to pull out when the roof began to buckle.

“It went up into the attic,” Anding said. “It was an old houseand it spread up into the attic and was extremely hard to putout.”

Firefighters stayed on the scene until just after 5 p.m., Andingsaid.

Residents of the house were not at home at the time of theblaze. Family members said they were celebrating the Christmasholiday with family in Silver Creek.

The home was a total loss on contents and structure, and thehomeowners requested an investigation into the fire. Family membersat the scene said the Halls didn’t have insurance on the home.