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Moulton firefighter Lt. Dwight Vanderford and Moulton Fire Chief Keith Vinson spray water on a house fire Friday in Loosier. Hatton, Chalybeate and Courtland volunteer fire departments also responded to the fire, which completely destroyed the home and took 1 hours to extinguish.
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Moulton firefighter Lt. Dwight Vanderford and Moulton Fire Chief Keith Vinson spray water on a house fire Friday in Loosier. Hatton, Chalybeate and Courtland volunteer fire departments also responded to the fire, which completely destroyed the home and took 1 hours to extinguish.

Fire totally destroys house near Hatton

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

LOOSIER — A fire completely destroyed a Loosier home Friday afternoon.

The Hatton Volunteer Fire Department found the home at 1039 Lawrence County 151, between Moulton and Hatton, fully engulfed when they arrived on the scene at about 1:35 p.m.

Hatton Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Hagood said homeowner John Bradford and his wife were not home when firefighters arrived.

Hatton firefighters, assisted by the Moulton Fire Department and Courtland and Chalybeate volunteer fire departments, spent about 11/2 hours extinguishing the flames, he said.

At 4 p.m., firefighters were still putting out hot spots. Large branches were falling from a burned tree about 10 feet from the home. One nearly hit a firefighter as it crashed down. No injuries were reported.

Hatton firefighters were put-ting out a grass fire about two miles from the house when they received the call. Grass fires have spread throughout the county over the last two weeks.

"We had a lot of rain this fall, and we didn't have a cold winter, so a lot of things didn't die," said Hagood. "A lot of brush has grown up, and people are starting to burn debris. Sometimes it gets out of control."

Hagood said firefighters have not been able to determine the cause of the house fire, which remains under investigation.

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