Fires destroy homes at Teetersville, Evarts

By Nola Sizemore nsizemore@civitasmedia.com

March 4, 2014

Fire destroyed two homes in separate communities on Tuesday.

The Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at the home of Tammy Hatmaker, located at 91 Cornett Street in Teetersville, at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Fire Chief Steven Hatfield said that upon arrival firefighters saw flames shooting out of the house. He said the fire began in the rear of the house.

Josh Bledsoe, a neighbor, said before the fire department arrived he kicked the door of the home in to look for Hatmaker.

“I thought she might be home because I know she is sick and might need help getting out,” said Bledsoe. “When I went in, I didn’t find anyone there.”

Heather Rigney, Hatmaker’s daughter, said she had taken her mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer, to the hospital for treatment on Tuesday.

While at the hospital, Hatmaker said they received a call from her mother’s ex-husband to alert them that the home was on fire.

“We came home and the house was blazing,” said Rigney. “We talked to the Red Cross and they said they would help us. My mother has lost everything. She was taking care of her 11-year-old grandson and everything they had is gone. We got a few pictures out and that’s about all.”

Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to nearby homes.

Hatfield said the home was a total loss, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Harlan Fire Department also responded to the fire.

Another fire at 117 Scoville Street in Evarts destroyed the residence of Lawrence Ewing on Tuesday.

Evarts Fire Chief Cledo Powers said they were dispatched at approximately 9:20 a.m. to the scene of a mobile home fire.

Upon arrival the fire was burning in the back bedroom with smoke showing and no flames, he said.

Within minutes fire was showing out the front door, he said.

“Two people were at home, but they escaped with no injuries,” said Powers. “No other structures were damaged. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.”

Also responding to this fire was Yocum Creek, Upper Clover Fork and Lower Clover Fork volunteer fire departments.

Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 115 or on Twitter @Nola_hde