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Arthur Mattingly Road home damaged by fire

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By Stephen Lega

Firefighters from Loretto, Lebanon and Raywick responded to house fire late Tuesday night at 340 Arthur Mattingly Road.

No one was injured in the fire, but Loretto Fire Chief Tommy Hamilton indicated the house may not survive.

“We’re going to estimate that the house was lost,” he said.

According to Hamilton, the homeowner, Larry Mattingly, was awake when he noticed he’d lost electricity in his kitchen.

“He went to investigate and he smelled smoke,” Hamilton said.

Mattingly’s children live in neighboring houses and he went to them for help. They attempted to extinguish the fire and called the Lebanon Police Dispatch, Hamilton said.

The Lebanon dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 11:15 p.m. Nov. 12.

Hamilton said the fire seemed to be electrical in nature. It appears to have started in the bathroom and then spread to the attic.

Hamilton said the firefighters had difficulty getting to the fire. He noted that he understood that the original house was built in the 1800s, and it has had multiple additions.

Hamilton estimated that 20 firefighters responded to the scene. They remained there until 3:54 a.m. Nov. 13, according to the Lebanon dispatch.

Marion County EMS also assisted at the scene.

Hamilton said they also called the Marion County Road Department, which put salt on the road after the water used to contain the fire froze over the roadway.