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October 15, 2021

Stony Point fire claims home Oct. 13

Six fire departments responded to this house fire in Stony Point on Thursday, Oct. 13, which displayed a family of 17 people.

Six fire departments responded to this house fire in Stony Point on Thursday, Oct. 13, which displayed a family of 13 people.

A fire on Thursday, Oct. 13, gutted a home on South Thomas Lane in Stony Point, about 2 p.m.

The home is owned by Ashley Chapman, and the occupants were 13 members of the Gerald and Trina Dalton family, including six adults and seven children. The youths ranged in age from one month old to 17 years old. No persons were injured in the fire. However, the family dog was found dead in the home after the fire, according to Alexander County Fire Marshal Russell Greene.

Stony Point, Hiddenite, Taylorsville, Wittenburg, Monticello, and West Iredell fire departments responded with personnel and apparatus. Greene said the large number of departments was needed due to the time of day (during the work day) and availability of volunteer firefighters.

Greene estimated damage to the house in the $85,000 to $100,000 range.

The fire began on the back porch and is believed to have been caused by a malfunctioning generator. Greene was told by a family member that a generator was being used on the back porch to supply electricity to the home.

The American Red Cross assisted the Dalton family by supplying rooms for temporary housing at the Economy Inn in Statesville.

This article was updated October 17 to reflect new information, that 13 people, not 17, were occupants of the home.

4 Comments

  1. T. Newkirk on October 15, 2016 at 5:33 am

    17 people and a dog? How big was this house?

    • Sarah on October 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      It looks small. Didn’t look big enough for 10 adults and 7 children.

  2. Brandy Krall on October 20, 2016 at 11:31 am

    The house is a lot bigger than it looks in the picture there’s a lot of rooms in it upstairs and downstairs my sister used to live in that house that old house had a lot of history in it

  3. tiff on October 21, 2016 at 10:22 am

    There were nine rooms in our home pleanty big enough for our family an that’s bedroom this was our home

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