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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 4:30 am

BELTON — A Belton-area family is homeless after flames consumed their home early Monday morning in the 6300 block of Eagle Point Main.

Sparta Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 12:23 a.m., Fire Chief Robbie Taylor said.

The home was totally involved in flames when firefighters arrived and two adults and two children from the house were out in the street, Taylor said.

No people were injured, but two dogs died in the fire.

Ross Naugle, a neighbor to homeowners Rob and Margaret Chadwick, was awake and watching television when he heard a series of loud pops he thought might be firecrackers.

He went to his back porch to check it out and saw the fire next door.

“It was only about 10 yards square but flames were shooting about 12 feet in the air,” Naugle said. “The fire was in a small corner of the house. I called 911 because the fire was spreading really fast.”

Naugle’s house is only about 15 yards from the Chadwicks’ house, so he was worried the fire might spread to his home, he said. He woke up his wife and her sister and they all left the house.

“Luckily the north wind kept the flames away from us,” Naugle said. “We were all really scared. You know, you never think it will happen to you. Well, sometimes the odds are not in your favor.”

The fire department arrived within 15 to 20 minutes and then had to connect to a fire hydrant about 100 yards away from the home. No fire hydrants existed in the area until last year and they are still “few and far between,” Naugle said.

The American Red Cross provided temporary housing for the Chadwicks and their two granddaughters, Taylor said.

Stillhouse Volunteer Fire Department and Central Bell Fire Rescue provided mutual aid at the fire, which was completely out at 10:15 a.m., Taylor said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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