Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched "automatic aide" 8:12 p.m. Monday 22 July 2013 to a "structure fire" in the Pagan Ridge neighborhood of Smithfield for a reported "...lightning struck house, possibly roof on fire." Carrollton VFD units Engine-10 and Quint-10 responded along with Smithfield VFD units Engine-52, Truck-50 and Engine-53. Smithfield VFD Fire Chief J. Stallings arrived on scene quickly and reported "Large two story wood structure, working fire" and requested tanker support from Rushmere VFD. Rapidly arriving Smithfield and Carrollton crews raised ground ladders on the C and D sides of the structure to access the roof area where smoke was showing. Hand lines were deployed to commence the fire attack and SVFD Engine-52 was sent down an access path to the edge of salt-water Pagan Creek to establish drafting operations for continuous water supply in this non-hydranted area. Due to the extreme difficulty in accessing the seat of the fire because of the unusual roof construction and indoor ceiling height, back-up crews and tanker units were requested and responded from fire departments in Rushmere, Windsor, Chuckatuck (Suffolk), Carrsville and Franklin. Additionally, fire units from City of Suffolk Station-5 arrived in the Town of Smithfield to provide area standby coverage. Salvage covers were used extensively inside the home to protect furniture and some was also moved into adjoining rooms to avoid damage. Red Cross representatives arrived to offer shelter to the occupants but they had made other arrangements. Fire suppression crews switched from water to foam and by making several entry points into the roof the fire was declared under control at 0217 23 July. All units were cleared from the scene by 0443 but Smithfield VFD was recalled at 0531 to douse a small rekindle. Carrollton, Rushmere and Chuckatuck crews responded to assist the Smithfield crews already on scene. All units and crews were clear by 0716.

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