Fire marshal investigating

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 4, 2017

Members of the Union Grove Volunteer Fire Department fought a house fire for about three hours Thursday evening, and the state fire marshal’s office is investigating it.

Union Grove Chief Donnie Mooney said they received a call of a structure fire around 7 p.m.

“It was totally involved and the flames were already in the trees when we got there,” he said. “I parked 150-200 feet across the road and could feel the heat.”

Mooney said the home, located on U.S. Hwy. 331 North, was an old home that had been moved to the location and was made of fat lighter.

The home was located next door to Sweet Home Baptist Church.

“We put five tanker truck loads on the fire,” he said. “Opp helped us shuttle water.”

Mooney said no one was home at the time of the fire, and the home was a total loss.

“The fire marshal’s office came down and looked at it today,” he said. “They are still investigating it.”

Opp Fire Department provided mutual aid.

Opp Fire Chief Cory Spurlin said they were dispatched around 7:11 p.m., and the roof was already caved in when they arrived on scene.

The home belonged to Zane Bush and family.

The Star-News will update as more information becomes available.