An elderly Franklin County couple on Wednesday morning lost their residence and most of their belongings when a fire struck their two-story home on Flat Creek Road.
Franklin County Fire Chief Gary Watts said the cause of the fire that destroyed Steve and Estill Girtley's house is under investigation. The fire was reported to the fire department at 7:46 a.m. by a witness who saw the fire while driving by the house.
The structure of the Girtley's home is still intact, Watts said, but the blaze caused substantial damage and destroyed nearly all of the couple's belongings.
"We consider it almost a total loss," said Watts.