8 displaced after midday fire destroys Rock Hill home

Three adults and five children were displaced from their Rock Hill home on Friday after authorities say a midday fire destroyed their house.

Crews with the Bethesda, Newport and Oakdale volunteer fire departments responded to a fire at 2691 Ogden Road at about noon. When firefighters arrived, there was fire and smoke visible from the roof, said Todd Robitaille, a Bethesda volunteer firefighter.

Firefighters doused the house to extinguish hot spots. Pieces of vinyl melted, while brick foundation was left charred and blackened.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen above the trees several miles away. No injuries were reported, Robitaille said, and no one had to be evacuated from the home. Several pets on the property had been outside, Robitaille said.

The house, he said, was a complete loss. He estimated the fire left about $250,000 in damage.

Several people arrived as firefighters continued fighting the flames. Paramedics with Piedmont EMS escorted a woman into an ambulance after she learned of the damage.

Residents did not comment Friday. The American Red Cross arrived to help the family with food, clothing and shelter.

Investigators Friday afternoon were still investigating the fire’s cause and origin.