Assistant Lincoln fire chief loses house in blaze

December 30, 2004|EMILY BURTON

WAYNESBURG - A chimney fire destroyed the house of a Lincoln County assistant fire chief Monday, in a blaze his own station worked to control. Now the community is rallying to help him pick up the pieces.

Randall Mullins, of Bob Johnson Road, Waynesburg, is an assistant chief with Lincoln County Fire Station 5, one of four stations that responded to the 3:46 p.m. fire at his residence.

Stations 6, 8, and Eubank Fire Department also responded.

Reportedly, a chimney fire spread to the attic and engulfed the house.

Fire departments battled the blaze for more than four hours and while there were no reported injuries, the home was a complete loss.

"It was an old house, probably 100 years old, and he was an avid collector of antiques, so the house was absolutely full of everything," said Eubank assistant fire chief and friend Norman Rutheford.


"Flames were through the roof when we got there."

The fire traveled through the walls and "It was just difficult to get to," said Rutherford.

Mullins had insurance on the structure, though it is unclear if it will completely cover the loss. Friends of Mullins are now stepping in to help. The community can assist Mullins through donations left with the Waynesburg Rescue Squad.

Some gifts already have been left, said members of the squad.

A benefit dinner also has been scheduled in Mullins' honor. A chili supper will be held 4 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Waynesburg Fire Department, at the cost of $3 per person.

Profits from the event will be given to Mullins.

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