Monday, 20 May 2019 13:39

Two vehicles, part of home burned in early morning East Rockingham fire

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The charred remains of two vehicles linger following a Friday morning fire in East Rockingham. The charred remains of two vehicles linger following a Friday morning fire in East Rockingham. Charlie Melvin - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — A family lost two vehicles and a room of their home in an early morning blaze last Friday.

The East Rockingham Fire Department responded to a call just after 3:30 a.m. at 113 Marigold Street to find two vehicles on fire, according to Assistant Chief Bill Bayless.

He said a 2013 Chevy Suburban caught fire first, followed by a 2015 Nissan Altima. The two vehicles were sitting underneath a wooden carport next to the house, which also burned.

The fire spread to a bedroom on the front of the home, a 24x60 mobile home on a concrete foundation.

With assistance from Cordova Fire and Rescue, Bayless said firefighters were able to extinguish the flames and keep the home from being destroyed. He added there was “quite a bit of heat a smoke damage” in the home and the vinyl siding on a home next door was damaged from radiant heat.

Bayless said the primary occupant of the house was Kevin Torres, and the owner was listed as Lilla Torres.

No one was injured and the residents turned down assistance from the American Red Cross, according to Bayless.

Fire crews were on the scene about three hours.

Bayless said the fire was deemed highly suspicious and is being investigated by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The RO will have more information as it becomes available.