House fire Sunday results in total loss

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An early morning fire this past Sunday resulted in a total loss for a Switzerland County family.

The home of Josh and Tasha Rose and their children of near Vevay caught fire on Sunday morning while the family was attending church, and quickly became engulfed in flames.

“Someone from Kentucky saw the flames from across the river and called in the fire Sunday morning, I think it was about 11:30 a.m.,” Jeff-Craig Fire Chief Chris See said. “When we arrived, it was already fully engulfed. We had help from Moorefield and East Enterprise.”

See said that a witness who lives nearby the structure told firefighters that there was an explosion that shook the ground.

“It looks like that probably came from some propane tanks,” See said.

See said that firefighters were on the scene for about three and a half hours, and that the home was a total loss.

“The house collapsed,” he said. “It was an older brick building, and the walls fell in on top of everything and pushed it all right down into the basement.”

See said that firefighters contacted the county Red Cross organization to assist the family.

The fire chief said that the fire is officially listed as having an ‘undetermined’ cause.

“It collapsed in, and there’s just no way to determine what might have caused it,” See said. “There may be areas that are still on fire because of everything being in the basement. There’s no investigation that’s going to be done on it, because there’s just nothing left to help find the cause. It’s pretty cut and dry.”