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House deemed ‘total loss’ after fire in Botetourt County

No one hurt in fire; search underway for missing pet

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – Several crews responded to a house fire in Botetourt County on Monday evening just after 6 p.m.

Crews arrived at a house located in the 400 block of Lapsly Run in Eagle Rock to find heavy fire, according to a Botetourt County deputy fire chief.

All occupants were able to get out of the house safely. Authorities say a pet is missing and a search is underway.

The house is determined to be a total loss. Firefighters were able to save a detached garage and another house in close proximity.

John Linkenhoker lives in the home with his girlfriend and his girlfriend's son. He said the son yelled out that something was wrong, and then when Linkenhoker came to see what was going on he could see the fire through the front door.

“I could hear noises on the front porch like beating and banging and popping, and I had a big frosted window in the front door and I could see through the front door and see the orange, it took me a few seconds to comprehend what was going on,” Linkenhoker said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Crews stayed on scene for several hours Monday night to monitor final hot spots, even after the fire was out.

Several crews responded to a house fire in Botetourt County on Monday evening.
Several crews responded to a house fire in Botetourt County on Monday evening. (WSLS)

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