Fire destroys Graves Lane home


Cause of blaze remains undetermined

By Jeff Gilliland - [email protected]



Fire destroyed this home along Graves Lane, off Black Rabbit Road in Penn Township, Tuesday afternoon.


A fire with an undetermined origin destroyed a home on Graves Lane in Penn Township on Tuesday afternoon.

Kenny Stephens, chief of the Highland County North Joint Fire and Ambulance District in Leesburg, was still on the scene at 6 p.m. Friday after the fire was reported a little before 1 p.m. He said an investigator was on the scene and that an insurance company planned to send another investigator to the scene Wednesday.

When firefighters arrived on the scene Tuesday, Stephens said they found the one-story home at 9975 Graves Lane owned by Wayne and Kim Burgess completely engulfed in flames.

Stephens said Wayne Burgess was at home at the time of the fire and was in a barn on the farm working with cattle. Stephens said Burgess stepped out of the barn and saw that the house was on fire, “But it was already well on its way when he called it in.”

The fire chief said the home was a total loss, as well as all the couple’s possession that were inside the home.

The Leesburg department was assisted at the scene by the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District along with the fire department from New Vienna.

There were no injuries to the residents of the home or firefighters, Stevens said.

Graves Lane is located in a remote area off SR 138, then Bridges Road and Black Rabbit Road.

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Fire destroyed this home along Graves Lane, off Black Rabbit Road in Penn Township, Tuesday afternoon.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Graves-Lane-fire-pic-1.jpgFire destroyed this home along Graves Lane, off Black Rabbit Road in Penn Township, Tuesday afternoon.
Cause of blaze remains undetermined

By Jeff Gilliland

[email protected]

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