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Fire damages home in Midway
Midway fire
Photo by Lewis Levine

A Midway family has been temporarily displaced after a fire damaged their home on the 100 block of Colonial Drive Wednesday shortly after noon.

According to Liberty County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigator, Detective James Ashdown, the fire appears to have started from a polycart trash can which was sitting on the side of the house adjacent to the garage. Ashdown said the flames from the fire traveled from the trash can up the side of the wall into the eaves. 

The fire then spread into a portion of the attic causing damage to the attic as well as a room above the garage. The home also sustained water and smoke damage. Ashdown said the quick response and fire fighting techniques employed by the Midway Fire and Rescue Department helped save the home with as minimal damage as possible.

Midway Volunteer Fire Chief Terrell Chipp said six of his firefighters encountered heavy black smoke coming from the two-story home as they arrived on scene. Chipp said damage was minimal because the homeowner was trying to put the fire out with a garden hose before firefighters arrived. Chipp said it took nearly 20 minutes to get the fire under control. 

Ashdown said the cause of the fire is not yet determined, and no injuries were reported. Three adults and three children who live at the home are temporarily displaced but not injured. The American Red Cross was called to assist.

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