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Friday, December 14, 2012

Moneta residence suffers extensive fire damage

Five trucks and 14 firefighters from the Moneta Fire Department, along with units from the Saunders, Huddleston and Bedford fire departments and the SML Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue Co., worked for about two hours to bring a fire at a Moneta residence under control Dec. 7. The homeowners, Bob and Melody Hirsch, were not home at the time the fire was reported by a neighbor across the cove from the residence on Forest Grove Drive in the Surfside subdivision off Isle of Pines Drive in Moneta just before 8 a.m.

The first unit arrived shortly after to find heavy fire showing on the entire left side of the house. The family dog was rescued from the garage by firefighters.

The house, valued at $320,000, suffered extensive fire damage to about two-thirds of the structure, and water and smoke damage to much of the rest.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Bedford County Fire Marshals Office.

Units from Bedford County Fire and Rescue, Moneta Rescue Squad, Bedford Life Saving Crew and Huddleston Life Saving Crew also responded.

Submitted by: Jeff Pauley, MVFD president

Want to help?

Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta is accepting monetary donations to help the Hirsch family, whose house was severely damaged by fire Dec. 7. Although the family has found temporary housing, meals are being coordinated, and the church is helping in other ways. Those who want to donate should make checks payable to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund with "Hirsch Family" in the memo line and mail to Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta, VA 24121.