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Eight injured as Smith Mountain Lake fire destroys residence
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Eight injured as Smith Mountain Lake fire destroys residence

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Eight people were hospitalized — including residents and first responders — in a Saturday night multi-alarm fire that destroyed a Smith Mountain Lake residence.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, an 11:29 p.m. 911 call reported the fire at Southern Key near Moneta and said people were trapped inside.

First responders found the multi-story house in flames with four people on a rear 12-foot high deck. Three were rescued by emergency personnel, while the fourth leapt off the deck to the ground.

Three firefighters from Franklin County Volunteer and Career Fire/EMS and five others were taken to local hospitals, according to the news release. One person was later transferred to a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Responding to the fire were units from Burnt Chimney Fire Department, Scruggs Fire-Rescue Department, Westlake Fire-Rescue, Smith Mountain Lake Fire Department, Red Valley Rescue, Franklin County Career Fire-EMS, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County Fire Marshal’s Office.

An investigation of the incident is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.

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