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Firefighters spent nearly 40 minutes trying to contain a fire that destroyed a Newton-area home Friday night.
Newton Fire Department responded to a house fire on Sigmon Dairy Road at 10:20 p.m. Friday to find fire showing from the residence. The homeowner, Mark William Travis, was out of town at the time of the fire and nobody was inside the home valued at almost $65,000, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.
"We have damage at $25,000-$50,000 on the structure and $12,000-$15,000 for the contents," he said, adding the home was not habitable after the blaze.
Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office Fire Investigator Jason Boggs said the fire has been ruled accidental.
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