A blaze of unknown origin has destroyed a local residence and displaced its occupants, a fire department spokesman said Saturday.
Members of three firefighting crews were dispatched to the single-wide mobile home at 124 Heavenly View Lane, located off Holly Springs Church Road, about 4 p.m. Friday. It was identified as the residence of Jeffery Lawson and five other occupants.
“The trailer more or less was fully involved when we arrived on the scene,” said Jason Burkholder, assistant chief of the Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department, the primary responder.
None of the home’s residents were there when the fire started.
“They just had left,” Burkholder said.
Soon after, family members who live nearby spotted smoke coming from the mobile home.
“They went in to investigate and opened the door,” the fire department official continued. “They found the fire and tried to extinguish it with a garden hose — they didn’t have any luck.”
The cause of the blaze was still unknown Saturday. “Officially, it’s undetermined,” Burkholder said. However, the fire is believed to be accidental and no investigation is planned, he said.
Firefighters had the blaze under control within about 20 minutes and remained on the scene for some two and a half hours.
“It’s 100 percent totaled,” Burkholder said of the 1970s-era structure, noting that its contents also were destroyed.
The local chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene and provided the displaced residence with temporary lodging along with food, clothing and medications. They have been referred to the organization’s Emergency Services Department for further assistance.
Along with the Bannertown unit, members of the Westfield and Pilot Knob volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze. Standby assistance was provided by the Franklin Volunteer Fire Department and the Surry County Emergency Medical Service, along with Bannertown’s ladies auxiliary.
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