Historic Henry County Home Destroyed in Fire - abc27 WHTM

Historic Henry County Home Destroyed in Fire


Henry Co., VA -  A recognizable Henry County house burned to the ground Tuesday night and firefighters had to act fast, worried the flames were going to spread.

The house was 80 years old and many knew it as Matthew's Homeplace. It was once owned by Tom Matthews, a former Henry County Clerk of Court.  Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Bradshaw said it has been vacant for years.

Emergency crews got the call around 9:30 Tuesday night to Highway 58. The house sat on a hill, overlooking Martinsville.

Bradshaw said when crews got there, the house was fully involved and they were worried about it spreading to neighboring houses and the nearby cell phone tower, but crews quickly created a fire containment line, preventing it from spreading.

Bradshaw says they were able to put out the fire pretty quickly but essentially nothing is left of the historic home.

"Especially for Martinsville and Henry County area, it's a lot of history here, very historic. And you hate to see any house go, especially the older houses," said Bradshaw.

So far, there is no word on the cause of the fire.


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