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Updated: WATCH NOW: Wytheville Fire & Rescue on scene at Cove Road structure fire
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Updated: WATCH NOW: Wytheville Fire & Rescue on scene at Cove Road structure fire

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A Wytheville family lost its home in a fire Monday afternoon. Wytheville Assistant Fire Chief Michael Fronimos said no one was home when the fire started, and that the homeowner reported the fire around noon after seeing it while visiting his son, who lives nearby.

According to a Go Fund Me account set up for family, the home belongs to Danny and Tammy Suthers. Danny Suthers’ mother, Naomi, also lived in the house. Danny Suthers is a teacher at the Wythe County Technical Center and helps coach the George Wythe High School golf team and track team. His wife is also a track coach at GWHS.

Firefighters could see the blaze as they approached the 1800 block of Cove Road, where the home is located.

“Our units could see it from a distance away, so we knew we had a working fire,” Fronimos said. “The first units arrived, and the fire was fully involved.”

Officials believe the fire was accidental and started in the kitchen, but the exact cause is under investigation. The home measured about 2,000 square feet, the assistant fire chief said.

While firefighters were on the scene, neighbors, friends and the Red Cross offered to help the Suthers family, Fronimos said.

Wytheville Town Council member Holly Atkins posted online that monetary donations for the family can be sent to Truliant Credit Union, 800 E. Main St., Wytheville, VA 24382. Any money collected will go directly to the family, she said.

A Go Fund Me account set up for the family had raised nearly $7,000 by Tuesday morning. To donate through Go Fund Me, visit online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/suthers-family-fire-recovery-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link-tip.

According to Fronimos, the Wytheville Fire Department responded to the fire with seven apparatuses and 16 firefighters. The Max Meadows Fire Department assisted with three apparatuses and six firefighters. Rescue squads from Lead Mines and Rural Retreat helped field EMS calls while Wytheville fire and EMS members were on the scene, he added.

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