STATE ROAD — Fire officials are investigating two structure fires that happened within hours of one another Saturday, calling them “suspicious.”
According to Surry Fire Marshal inspector Earl Mounce, the blazes occurred at two mobile homes located beside each other on High Mark Lane in the county.
According to Mountain Park Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tony Sewell, the remote location of the fires hampered efforts to save the mobile homes.
“There was no easy way for us to get to it,” he said of the fires.
Mountain Park responded to the fires with multiple firefighters pumper trucks, tanker trucks and brush clearing equipment to try to save the first structure from the fire that began about noon Saturday. They were assisted by firefighters and equipment from the Skull Camp Volunteer Fire Department and the Central Surry Volunteer Fire Department, Sewell said.
Mounce said the second fire occurred shortly before midnight Saturday, and involved a mobile home located next door to the site of the original blaze.
“They were both destroyed, so we can’t tell where the fires started,” he said. “But we do think they’re suspicious and I’m investigating.”
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