UPDATE: 3-Alarm fire destroys home

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Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Gusty winds fueled a three-alarm house fire in Hanover County, destroying one home and damaging three others. It happened early Thursday morning on New Town Court in the Elmont Community.

Because of the wind, fire officials say the blaze burned five times faster than normal.

It took firefighters nearly an hour to get control of the intense flames. In the end, the home was destroyed. Officials say the hot blaze would have likely caused a lot of damage even without the wind, but was much worse because of it.

"It got out of the home and took off. There's was just nothing we could do about it," said Hanover County Fire and EMS Battalion Chief William Jones. "The fire had progressed so quickly because we had those high winds and it got inside of the home and it was almost like a furnace. It was rolling through the house."

In addition to the high winds that fueled the fire, firefighters were handling a blaze so hot that it melted the siding right off two houses next door.

The total damage is estimated at more than $500,000. No one was hurt. Officials are investigating to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

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