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UPDATE THURSDAY 10:45 A.M.: VIDEO: Fire destroys house in Alexandria

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A fire destroyed a two-story house in southeast Alexandria Wednesday.

A passerby spotted smoke and flames coming from the home of John "Jack" Baumann at 3801 Hazel Hill Road and called 911 shortly after noon.

When Alexandria firefighters arrived at the house, which is located just east of Jack's Family Recycling, it was fully engulfed in flames and smoke.

"We just went into defensive mode," said Bill Thoennes, assistant fire chief.

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