At approximately 6:21 pm on Monday, December 31, 2018, Martinsville Fire & EMS (MF & EMS) responded to a residential structure fire in the 1200 block of Mulberry Road within the City of Martinsville. The initial report stated the homeowners saw smoke and flames within the attic of their home. They also reported hearing what sounded like roaring above them within the attic area and smelling smoke before finding the fire and smoke in the third-floor area. First 911 reports were unclear if all occupants were out of the structure. The first arriving firefighters found that both home owners had made it safely out of their home along with their dogs. Two cats were unaccounted for, one of which was found inside the home later by MF & EMS alive and well. Heavy smoke was visible from the eaves all around the home with flames coming from one room on the third floor at the rear of the home. An exterior attack was started while water supply was established. An interior fire attack was performed once water supply was established but was terminated due to extreme heat and risk of collapse which ultimately ensued. Firefighters were on scene until approximately
3:30 a.m. January 1, 2019.
The Martinsville Fire & EMS Fire Marshal’s office is still investigating the fire at this time. Martinsville Fire & EMS would like to thank the mutual aid received from the multiple Volunteer Fire and Rescue agencies along with assistance from the Henry County Department of Public Safety, the City of Martinsville Police, Public Works and Electric Departments.