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Fire claims family's home in Taylorsville

HOUSE FIRE -- This home on Saunders Lane in Taylorsville was claimed by fire on Friday night, Feb. 27, 2015.

(Updated Mar. 3, 8:45 p.m.)      

Donation website set up to assist victims of Feb. 27 fire


The home of a Taylorsville family was claimed by fire on Friday, Febuary 27, about 7 p.m. when flames devoured the majority of the home’s back porch and adjacent rooms, said fire officials.

Alexander County Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Earle told The Times that a fire was reported at the home of Rodney and Amy Barnes at 165 Saunders Lane in Taylorsville, off NC 90.

The Taylorsville-Central Alexander Fire Department was  dispatched, along with assistance from Hiddenite and Sugar Loaf fire departments. Alexander County EMS, the Fire Marshal’s Office, and Alexander County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. Some forty to forty-five personnel responded, in all. Workers were on the scene for about three and one-half hours, said Earle. 

He indicated that a wood stove in the home’s enclosed back porch is believe to be the source of ignition. Flames spread from that room to the attic and then to the kitchen and living room.

No one was injured in the fire.

Earle said there was fire insurance on the home. Some clothing and furniture was salvageable, but the rest of the family’s possessions were destroyed. Earle estimated damages at $40,000.

The Barnes family is staying with relatives, Earle stated.

A crowdfunding website has been set up to assist the family with expenses. The address is:

The website states that the couple has two small children (ages 5 years & 3 months). Two pets were lost in the fire.


Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Beverly TeagueSubmitted: 3/4/2015
Donations including furnishings, clothing, gift cards, checks and money orders as well as cash donations are being collected at my office at 7625 Hwy 127 in Bethlehem beside Bojangles and at Evans Drug located on Hwy 127 also in Bethlehem. The family will be receiving 100% of all donations. Receipts are available to donors. Call 495-5000 or 495-3784 for more details. Thank you in advance for your support of the Barnes family.

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