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A fire broke out early Sunday morning in a house in the Hartwood area of Stafford.
Two Stafford families lost almost everything when their house burned down early Sunday morning.
No one was injured in the fire on Tom Jenkins Lane, off U.S. 17 in Hartwood, according to Stafford County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Mark Doyle.
Units from the Hartwood station arrived 10 minutes after the call came in at 6:51 a.m. from a neighbor and found the house engulfed.
Two adults and two small children were able to get out before crews arrived. The other family, with one child, had been out of town for the night.
Firefighters mounted a defensive attack and it took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, Doyle said. Warrenton Road was shut down for some time. The fire didn't affect any other structures.
The fire marshal's office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. No damage estimates were available, he said.
Next-door neighbor Chris Goldsmith said her teenage son saw the flames when it was still dark outside and called 911.
Goldsmith said one dog didn't survive.
Both families are in need of basic supplies, as well as items for the long-term process of putting homes back together.
Members of Grace United Methodist Church provided bags of clothing within hours, said Goldsmith, a member.
Her family and the church will coordinate efforts to help the families. Call the church at 540/752-5462.
Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975