A singlewide mobile home and nearby storage building were destroyed by fire Friday.

Assistant Wilkes Fire Marshal Tim Pardue of the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the blaze and said it’s suspicious.

Firefighters were first dispatched at 4 p.m. Friday to the fire, which was in Emerald Village Mobile Home Park off Charity Church Road.

Millers Creek Fire Chief Robbie Bolin said it began in a storage building and spread to the mobile home. Bolin said firefighters were able to limit actual fire damage to two areas of the mobile home, but with heat and smoke damage it was a total loss.

He said firefighters were called out to the same mobile home about 10 p.m. Friday and found the mobile home engulfed in flames. Bolin said the second fire in the mobile home was especially suspicious because the owner-occupants were there retrieving items from the structure about an hour before firefighters were dispatched in response to calls from nearby residents.

The mobile home burned to the ground in the second fire, said Bolin.

He said Larry McNeil owned the mobile home and storage building and didn't have insurance on them. The storage building, which contained camping equipment, boxes and a mower, was also destroyed.

The Millers Creek, Champion, Wilbar and Cricket firefighters were dispatched to the scene both times Friday. The American Red Cross assisted.

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