House destroyed

FLAMES erupt from a house on fire near the State Employees Credit building in he Fairplains community.  

A man has been charged in connection with a fire that destroyed an abandoned home near N.C. 18 North in the Fairplains community.

Dallas Everette Brown, 42, of Hays is charged with the felony offense of burning an uninhabited house and the misdemeanor offense of damage to personal property.

Assistant Wilkes Fire Marshal Tim Pardue of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office said Brown is charged with setting fire to a wood frame house off Rosemont Drive, which is off Jones-Dancy Street. The house was close to the State Employees Credit Union building.

Pardue said the Mulberry-Fairplains, North Wilkesboro and Knotville fire departments were dispatched to the blaze on Saturday. Firefighters returned when it rekindled on Sunday, said Pardue. The fire was in the Mulberry-Fairplains Fire District.

The structure burned to the ground. He said it belonged to William C. Vannoy of Purlear.

Flames burned vinyl siding on a house next door, which Pardue said resulted in the misdemeanor charge. He said Brown had been staying in that house.

Pardue said a Mulberry-Fairplains firefighter was taken to Wilkes Medical Center with a sprained ankle suffered at the fire scene. The Wilkes Rescue Squad also responded.

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