Viola Fire Chief Bob Millikan said a fire at a home just west of Viola Monday Feb. 25 started in a wood burning furnace just outside the home. The house is located behind Brad's Auto and Truck Parts Megacenter.
Millikan said the house was owned by several families who had been working on it. No
one was living in the house at the time of the fire and no one was inside.
The woodburner caught the shed it was contained in on fire which quickly spread to the home.
Millikan said the fire inside the structure as mainly in the kitchen.
Fire departments from Viola, Matherville and Aledo responded to the blaze.