Fire destroys home near Blue Cane
Members of the Rector and Greenway Fire Departments worked together Thursday night to contain a house fire near the Blue Cane community south of Rector. The fire, which consumed the house located at 308 CR 522, was noticed by Clay County Sheriff's Department deputy Cody Carter during a routine patrol at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Emergency calls went out to the Rector and Greenway departments, with crews arriving within 10 minutes.
The one story, 1,000 square foot structure was engulfed in flames when crews arrived at the scene. Attempts to enter the structure were halted due to the extreme heat from the fully involved fire. Firefighters were forced to contain the blaze in order to keep it from spreading, as the house burned to the ground. The fire was reported as controlled at 12:15 a.m. Crews remained at the site until 1 a.m.
The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. A tenant, who spoke with officials, had begun the process of moving into the property, but had not completed the move at the time of the fire. The house was partially furnished, with all furnishings considered lost in the devastating blaze.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. A report from the Rector Fire Department included a claim the site had been the target of copper wire theft the previous week.