UPDATE: Investigators Say Wood Stove to Blame for Bedford House - abc27 WHTM

UPDATE: Investigators Say Wood Stove to Blame for Bedford House Fire

Bedford Fire Department. Bedford Fire Department.
Bedford Fire Department. Bedford Fire Department.

UPDATE: 11:56 a.m.

Bedford, VA - We now know what caused a one-hundred year old home to go up in flames in Bedford over the weekend.

The cause was the home's wood stove, according to the fire chief.

The couple who lived in the house on Longwood Avenue came home around 11:30 p.m. Saturday to discover the house on fire.

A dog and six puppies inside died.

Three fire fighters were hurt, but didn't need to go to the hospital.

It took five hours to put out the fire.

The house was built in 1891.


Bedford, VA - A historic Bedford home dating back to 1891 went up in flames Saturday night, leaving the two homeowners displaced.

Crews were called to the 700 block of Longwood Avenue around 11:30 p.m. to find a home engulfed in flames. It took them more than five hours to put out the fire. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Homeowners Jamie and Kim Snell have lived in the historic home for the past four years. They were too upset to go on camera, but they said they got home around 11:30 see what they thought at first glance was fog billowing around their home.

As the homeowners got closer, they realized one of their worst nightmares was a reality: there was no fog, only smoke engulfing their home.

According to the Bedford Fire Department, by the time fire crews arrived, flames had engulfed the entire home. When the Snells left the scene at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, they say the firefighters were still trying to put the fire out.

Many in the neighborhood came by Sunday to see the damage and mourn the loss of the beautiful property.

"It's heartbreaking, it really is to drive by and see something like this. I mean, this is a historical town they don't make them like this anymore. And to ride by and see this it's heartbreaking. It really is," said Don Owen who lives in the area.

The Red Cross is providing the couple with financial assistance to help with meals, clothing and hotel accommodations.

Kim Snell said they had a shitzu dog who had just had six puppies. They were unable to get inside to get the dogs out, but they all died in the fire.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Stay with ABC 13 for further updates.


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