Firefighters prevented a fire from completely burning a mobile home on Annie Sophia Lane in Roaring River Monday but the structure was still considered a total loss, said Deputy Wilkes Fire Marshal Tim Pardue.
He said the fire started in a bedroom and burned about three-quarters of the mobile home, claiming the life of a dog. It was reported by a person who doesn’t live nearby.
Pardue said he and Wilkes Fire Marshal Niki Hamby both responded to investigate and couldn’t rule out an accidental electrical cause or that the fire was intentionally set, so it was listed as undetermined. There is no insurance on it, he added.
He said the mobile home, in the Shepherds Crossroads Fire District, belongs to William H. and Shari Bovers Billings and was occupied part-time by the owners. No one had stayed there in several days and the owners’ son unloaded firewood there Sunday, he added.
Assisting the Shepherds Crossroads Fire Department were the Austin, Traphill, Pleasant Hill and Ronda fire departments. The Wilkes Rescue Squad also responded. The first firefighters were dispatched a little after 10 a.m. Annie Sophia Lane is off Edwards-Keys Road.