A fire destroyed an unoccupied home on Shuler Lane in Smith on Monday night. Martins Fork Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Scott Blanton said the owners of the home had recently passed away.
“At approximately 10 p.m. Monday night I received a call to respond to a fire about three miles above Martins Fork Lake in the Smith community,” said Blanton. “Upon arrival, the home was fully involved. We deployed two of our engines and right away we called Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department to back us up with tankers and manpower. They sent us two tankers plus we had one tanker there.”
Steven Hatfield, fire chief for the Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department, said they arrived on the scene approximately 10 minutes after Martins Fork had dispatched them.
“There were two or three houses around the home that were threatened,” said Hatfield. “None of those homes were damaged.”
Hatfield said the home was unoccupied, but did have furnishings inside.
“By the time we got there the home was all the way to the ground, because it takes so long to get there,” said Hatfield.
Hatfield said cold temperatures was an issue for the firefighters on the scene of the fire.
“Where we were spraying water to contain the fire, the water froze on the ground causing it be slippery for everybody,” said Hatfield. “Fortunately, no one was injured as a result of this fire.”
Blanton added the cause of the fire has not been determined at this time.
“No one came to the fire,” said Blanton. “We searched all around there and couldn’t find anybody to talk to about the fire. We did determine that the owners of the home had passed away.”
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