A home on Robin Lane in the Mulberry community was destroyed by fire early Monday afternoon and another home on Traphill Road was heavily damaged by fire Monday morning.

Wade and Christina Dawson lost all of their belongings when their one-story, wood frame home burned to the ground on Robin Lane, which is located off of Byrd Ridge Road. Christina Dawson said two of their dogs, a 10-year-old German shepherd and a two-year-old mixed breed, died in the blaze.

Neither of the Dawsons were home when the fire was reported by a neighbor around noon, according to Lt. J.B. Absher of the Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed by flames, Absher said. It took firefighters from Mulberry-Fairplains, Mountain View, Knotville, North Wilkesboro, Millers Creek, McGrady and Cricket about an hour and a half to get the blaze under control, he noted.

Christina Dawson’s car, parked beside the residence, was also heavily damaged.

Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds said he is investigating this as a suspicious fire.

Wade Dawson said there was no power to the house at the time and that they had been using a generator at times for electricity. He said they’d been living at the home for about a year and a half and were renovating it. There was no fire insurance on the residence.

Absher said the generator wasn’t in use when the fire began.

Temperatures were in the 90s, which caused several of the firefighters to be overcome by heat, Absher said. They were treated at the scene by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services and Wilkes Rescue Squad personnel.

Res Cross personnel were at the scene, providing assistance to the Dawsons and the firefighters. No one had to be taken to the hospital.

Another issue was that the closest fire hydrant was about a mile away. Mulberry-Fairplains, Mountain View and Knotville firemen used tankers to shuttle water into the scene, Absher said.

“I greatly appreciate the assistance provided by all mutual aid agencies,” Absher said, noting that 45 to 50 firefighters responded to the scene.

Fire in Hays

A wood-frame home at 3820 Traphill Road in Hays was heavily damaged by flames, smoke and heat in a fire reported by a passing motorist around 7:15 a.m. Monday.

Mountain View Fire Chief Brad Mathis said Mountain View and Traphill fire department members responded quickly to the fire and rapidly had it under control, limiting actual fire damage to a bedroom. Mathis said there was extensive heat and smoke damage elsewhere.

The Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department also assisted.

Mathis said Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds is investigating to determine the cause of the fire, but added that it isn’t suspicious. Kenny Burchette owned and lived in the home and didn’t have insurance on it, he added.

He said Burchette left home earlier Monday morning to go to work. The American Red Cross was called to assist Burchette.

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