Fire destroys Flat Rock home

By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

November 6, 2013

FLAT ROCK — Three adults and two children are being assisted by the American Red Cross after a fire early Wednesday morning destroyed their home.

Fire officials were still on the scene of the 4:55 a.m., blaze late Wednesday morning trying to determine the cause of the fire, which destroyed the two-story frame structure, according to Fire Inspector Jason Burkholder.

“We’re still digging,” he said, standing among the charred timbers of what used to be the home’s kitchen. “It could be a while.”

Firefighters from the Four Way, Bannertown and Franklin volunteer departments spent several hours battling the blaze, which Burkholder said seemed to start on the home’s back porch. Emergency service workers were on standby throughout the battle, and the Red Cross was on the scene to assist the homeowners.

“It’s totally destroyed,” county Emergency Services Director John Shelton said of the home.

Burkholder agreed.

“We have heat damage throughout the home, and quite a bit of fire damage on the bottom floor,” he said.

According to officials with the Surry County Register of Deeds office, the home is owned by Terri Lee Holt.

Burkholder said the residents of the home were not injured, but are lucky to be alive.

“They were luckily able to escape,” he said. “There was only one smoke detector in the home, and it didn’t activate, so we don’t know whether it was in working condition or not.”

The Red Cross has assisted the family by providing temporary shelter, food, clothing and baby needs.

Reach Keith Strange at or 719-1929.