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Family of 7 homeless after house fire in Vicksburg

By Vicksburg Post staff

A late morning fire left a Warren County couple and their five children homeless after flames engulfed and destroyed a wood frame home on Box L Ranch Road in Warren County Thursday.

The Vicksburg Post reports no one was injured in the fire. The cause is undetermined, Warren County fire coordinator Jerry Briggs said. No one was home at the time of the fire.

“We’ve lived there six years,” Ashley Baker said as she watched firefighters extinguish hot spots in her home.

While they had insurance on items sitting outside and around the house, she said, they did not have insurance on the house.

“We’ll figure out something,” she said.

The fire occurred about 11:29 a.m.

Sheriff’s deputy Connie Ricketts, who was the first person to arrive at the scene, said the fire was called in by a relative living near the home who saw it as she was leaving to go shopping.

“The call at first came in as a grass fire,” Ricketts said. “When I arrived, the house was fully involved.”

Briggs said firefighters from the Culkin and Fisher Ferry Volunteer Fire departments worked to extinguish the fire and protect items near the house from being burned. “We had two firefighters who were overcome by the heat and had to be taken care of by paramedics from the Vicksburg Fire Department,” he said.

He said a tanker provided by the Bovina Volunteer Fire Department was used to shuttle water from fire hydrants in the area, adding the closest hydrant to the fire did not work and the tanker had to find another hydrant to get water.

“That and the narrow road made it difficult,” he said.

Cutline: Photo by Courtland Wells, Vicksburg Post/Fisher Ferry Fire Department works to extinguish a fully-involved structure fire at 4824 Box L Ranch Road in Vicksburg. The cause of the fire is still undetermined at this time. Warren County Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs said the initial call was for a grass fire but the structure was fully involved once arriving on scene.