UPDATE Williamstown Home Destroyed by Fire

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UPDATE 1/18/10 4:00PM

A Williamstown man's home was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning after fire engulfed it.B

The Williamstown and Vienna volunteer fire departments responded to the call and spent hours fighting the fire, which they are still investigating the cause of.

Edward Thompson said he was in his living room when he heard a "pop" come from the back of his West Eighth Street home.

The 72-year-old home owner was the only person there at the time.

He had just gotten out of a several day stint in the hospital where he was suffering from bronchitis. He was on oxygen when the fire broke out.

"He just lost his home so he's shook up real bad and, of course, his health is not good either, so, it's a combination right now," said Ted Anderson, Thompson's son. "I'm just hoping it's not gonna, you know, put him back in the hospital."

Thompson was treated for smoke inhalation, but authorities tell us he will be okay.

Anderson said his father had four oxygen tanks in the house when the fire broke out and they were all destroyed.

He and four of his siblings all live in Williamstown and he said his father will have no problem finding a place to stay.

Authorities are on the scene of a structure fire on 8th street in Williamstown, according to a dispatcher at the 911 center.

No more details have been given.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more details as they become available to us.

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