Fire destroys Worthville family’s home

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By Kristin Beck

Worthville Volunteer Fire Department and Ghent Fire Department Station 2 responded to a fully involved structure fire on Wednesday Dec. 16 in Worthville.

The departments were dispatched at 7:21 a.m. to the home of Chad and Tracy Stark at 401 Jackson Ridge Road. The fire was determined to be fully involved at 7:33 a.m. according to Assistant Chief Garland Breeden.

No one was at home at the time, except for one cat that died in the fire.

The two-story log cabin and basement was ruled a “total loss.”

“There was nothing left but a few logs,” Breeden said. “Being so close to Christmas, it’s awful. They lost everything they own.”

Surrounding trees and grass also sustained damage as a result of the fire.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Russ Allen said the cause of the fire was unknown and undetermined, according to Breeden. However, the home’s insurance company is conducting its own investigation.

The fire departments sent 17 personnel and five pieces of equipment to fight the fire, three from Worthville and two from Ghent. They gained control of the fire after an hour and a half, but remained on scene until 5:50 p.m. according to Breeden. One medic from Carroll County also responded to the fire.

The fire rekindled the next day. Worthville was dispatched at 10:16 a.m. and arrived on scene at 10:35 a.m. Breeden said about 1200 gallons of water was used to extinguish the rekindle. The department left the scene at 11:41 a.m.

Carrollton Chevron HOP Shop is currently accepting monetary donations for the family.