Wilkes County fire departments responded to structure fires at two different locations over the weekend.
Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds said the Wilbar, Mulberry-Fairplains and McGrady fire departments were dispatched to fire that began in an outbuilding and spread to a nearby house at 110 Anderson Lane in the Wilbar Fire District at 5 p.m. Saturday. Anderson Lane is off Mertie Road.
Bounds said the fire destroyed the outbuilding and caused over $50,000 in damage to the house. Vinyl siding melted on the end of the house closest to the outbuilding and fire spread across the length of the top of the house, damaging trusses and other areas. The outbuilding and the house were about 10 feet apart.
Linda Elledge owns the house and lives there but wasn’t home at the time of the fire. Bounds said Elledge’s daughter lives nearby and reported the fire. She also rescued Elledge’s dog from the house. Bounds said Elledge has insurance.
The door to the room on the end of the house closest to the outbuilding was shut, which Bounds said helped keep smoke from spreading through the house. He said the outbuilding had electricity and that he couldn’t rule out an electrical short as the cause of the fire.
Firefighters were on the scene until about 8:40 p.m. Bounds said the American Red Cross assisted Elledge by providing her a motel room.
The Roaring River, Broadway and Ronda fire department were dispatched to a fire in a doublewide mobile home at 1050 Antioch Church Road in the Roaring River Fire District a little after 5 p.m. Sunday.
Roaring River Fire Chief Dale Pierce said the fire began around a wood stove or the wood stove flue in a 10-foot-by-10-foot room of the mobile home. Pierce said a dog died in the fire.
He said firefighters arrived in time to stay ahead of the fire and limit damage from flames to the room with the stove and the kitchen, but the rest of the structure had smoke damage. Firefighters used a fan to help remove smoke.
He said the firefighting effort benefitted from a Broadway Water Association fire hydrant near the mobile home. He said nearly 40 firefighters and six fire trucks were on the scene.
Ralph Sparks owns and lives in the mobile home and reported the fire. Pierce said Sparks is now staying with his son, who lives nearby.