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Family of five loses home to fire

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By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — A Monday evening fire has driven a family out of their home at 6070 Poplar Camp Road, according to emergency and Red Cross officials.
Hillsville Fire Department members received a call at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 to the home of the Rotenizer family at U.S. 52 and Beasley Hill with flames showing, and firefighters responded with six trucks and 30 volunteers.
“Firefighters quickly controlled the fire, which had apparently started from the fireplace and spread to the adjoining wall and ceiling,” according to HFD officials. “The fire had travelled up the wall and into the ceiling area, and from there spread horizontally.”
Emergency officials report significant damage to the center of the home from the fire, with additional problems to the rest of the residence and its contents caused by heat and smoke.
The fire department got mutual aid from Carroll Fire and Rescue, Laurel Rescue Squad and the Carroll Sheriff’s Office.
“The American Red Cross is providing disaster relief assistance for a family of five displaced by a fire late Monday evening on Popular Camp Road in Hillsville,” said Amy Whittaker, spokeswoman for the relief agency.
“The Red Cross is providing the family with financial assistance to help with meals and clothing, and will continue to coordinate recovery assistance.”
The Zumba exercise group at the Carroll Wellness Center has jumped in to help collect donations, as Angela Rotenizer is a fellow participant, said instructor Gretchen Lawson.
The CWC will accept item donations to help out the family, she said. SERVPRO of Pilot Mountain, N.C., will dry and clean items that survived the fire, if there’s no insurance coverage.
Lawson provided these clothing sizes:
• Angela, mom— size 10 pants, M to L shirt, size 9 to 9 1/2 shoe
• Jamie, dad — size 36/32 pants, XL shirt, size 13 shoe
• Sierra, teenage daughter — size 3-4 pants, S shirt, size 9 to 9/12 shoe
• Lance, teenage boy — size 14 regular pants, L to XL youth or S men’s shirt, size 9 shoe
• Austin — size 30/32 pants, M to L shirt, size 11 shoe
The Zumba class will also hold a benefit for the family, at a date to be announced.
“They are in need of everything at this point. As far as I know, there is only the structure standing,” Lawson said in a message to The Gazette.  
“Angela is near and dear to my heart, so I will do whatever I can to help them get through this tragedy!”