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Missed call proves costly in house fire

This, once, two story house on North County Line Road is now reduced to rubble after a fire ripped through the home late last night.

Linda Jones is a relative of the homeowner and said she's thankful no one was home at the time.

"Well the house is gone. You can always get another house, but another life, you can't get that," said Jones.

The home's alarm system detected the fire.  Jones said the alarm company called her around 10:30 last night from a 1-800 number. She didn't recognize the number, so she didn't answer it.

"Well they continued to call in, but looking at a 1-800 number, I'm thinking someone is calling from a 1-800 number at night and I'm not about to answer this," said Jones.

A passerby called 9-1-1 around 11:10 last night, almost 40 minutes after the house was already on fire.

"It was completely engulfed which means the entire structure was consumed by fire when we arrived on the scene," said Investigator Sam Harris.

Jones wishes her alarm company would have left a message earlier because she would have had more time to react.

"Had they left a message earlier, letting us know what the problem was, we would have responded earlier," said Jones.

It's impossible to know if that would have made much of a difference, but now the family is left to deal with the loss of all their belongings.

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