A house fire stopped traffic on Highway 16 for the better part of 2 hours Thursday afternoon. Taylorsville, Sugar Loaf, Ellendale, and Wittenburg Fire Departments all responded to the blaze off Highway 16 North. A caller spotted the fire at the structure and called 911. By the time the 1st units arrived the home was blazing. According to Alexander County Fire Marshall Russell Greene the home suffered extensive damage and is possibly a total loss. Greene says the cause is under investigation but indications are the fire started on the front porch and spread into the dwelling. No one was home at the time of the fire.