The N.C. Forest Service is investigating to determine the cause of a fire that burned five to six acres and destroyed an unoccupied mobile home in Traphill late Thursday afternoon, said Jeremiah Greene, assistant county ranger with the forest service.
Greene said firefighters were dispatched to the blaze about 4:30 p.m. It was off Traphill Road in the Traphill Fire District, about a half mile east of where the John P. Frank Parkway intersects with Traphill Road. A Traphill resident reported the fire.
Assisting the Traphill Fire Department were the Austin, Mountain View, Pleasant Hill and State Road fire departments. Firefighters cleared the scene by 7 p.m. Tim Pardue, assistant Wilkes fire marshal, also was on the scene.
The owner of the mobile home that was destroyed stated that he had planned to demolish it, Greene said, adding that this person was away from the property when the fire started. He said fire spread to the mobile home and burned it to the ground.
Greene said the fire threatened but didn’t damage an occupied house, partly because the house had cinderblocks at its base. He said it threatened several outbuildings. The fire was on multiple parcels owned by members of the Woods family. It burned through woods and about two acres of a pasture.