A roughly 80-year-old home on the hillside overlooking the Martinsville hydroelectric dam burned Tuesday night.
The blaze destroyed the home, which sat on a hill behind Andy’s Rental on U.S. 58 just past the cloverleaf intersection with U.S. 220 south of Martinsville, according to Charlie Bradshaw, chief of the Horsepasture District Volunteer Fire Department.
Martinsville Electric Department customers could see a rate increase soon.
The bill for wholesale electricity that the city purchased in January — power that ultimately was distributed to city electric department customers — was $2,248,197. That was about $1 million more than city officials anticipated, City Manager Leon Towarnicki told Martinsville City Council on Tuesday.
After four rounds, the words “vanilla” and “dissect” brought spelling bee victory for Martinsville Middle School eighth-grader Katie Gilbert.
Katie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gilbert, competed with Albert Harris Elementary School fifth-grader Olivia Draper, daughter of Jason Draper and Tamara Hairston, and Patrick Henry Elementary School fifth-grader Leah Reese, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jody Reese.
Fire investigators likely won’t be able to enter the former American of Martinsville plant before the end of this month to try to find the cause of the March 3 blaze that destroyed it, an official said Tuesday.
“It will be two weeks at best before we can get in there” to try to determine what caused the blaze, said Martinsville Fire Marshal Ted Anderson.