CARRSVILLE - A smoke alarm alerted a family in Carrsville to fire in their home.

The family of nine escaped the flames that destroyed their Colossse Road home on November 18.

Bill VanHorn was able to get all seven of his children out before the fire engulfed his home.

'I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off and got all of my children out of bed upstairs,' VanHorn said.

VanHorn's wife Samantha said, 'I could see my kids coming out and I look up and I see the flames coming up from behind the house.'

Family member Patricia Caughran is grateful that the smoke detector did its job.

'My brother woke up to the smoke detector going off. He and his wife were able to wake everyone and no one was hurt,' she said.

Firefighters with the Carrsville Volunteer Fire Dept. and Hunterdale Volunteer Fire Dept. arrived at the home around 2:00 a.m. and stayed on the scene for four hours.

'The crews did a really good job of stopping it, given the fact that the wind was pushing the fire,' said Kevin Duck, commissioner of Carrsville Volunteer Fire Department.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Virginia State Police.

For now, the family is working to start again after losing everything in the fire.

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