House fire

The cause of a weekend house fire in Wytheville is under investigation.

The fire, at 235 Reed Creek Mille Road, started about 7:31 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.

“We are still investigating it,” said town Fire Marshal Charles Vannatter. “The fire did a substantial amount of damage to the house.”

Accelerant sniffing dogs from Bluefield, West Virginia, were brought to the fire scene, but Vannatter wouldn’t say if the canines found any evidence. He also declined to say where the fire started in the home.

Vannatter, who put an unsafe structure permit on the house Monday, said the home suffered about $40,000 in damage.

The Wytheville Fire Department responded to the blaze and had it under control in about 15 minutes, said Fire Chief Marc Brade.

Both officials said that a nearby brush fire burning behind the house at the time of the fire was not related to the house fire.

“Right now, we have no reason to believe the brush fire on the adjacent lot had anything to do with the fire at the house,” Brade said. “It (the brush fire) was on the back side of the house, hundreds of yards away.”

According to Vannatter, the home is owned by Steven and Linda Crockett of Cripple Creek. Patrick Rigsbee rented the home, he said.

To reach Millie Rothrock, call 228-6611, ext. 35, or email

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