By Max Hrenda
Within 20 minutes after the call went out for emergency responders, flames had engulfed a home in Tiger Creek and had robbed a husband and wife of their home.
On Thursday afternoon, despite firefighters’ efforts, the mobile home at 114 Mountain Ridge Lane, the home of Jason and Lori Blackwell, was rendered a complete loss.
The Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department was the first to answer the call, and was joined by the Hampton/Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department later. By the time the HVFVFD had arrived, however – more than 20 minutes after the call went out, which was at approximately 12:42 p.m. – the fire had already burned through most of the house.
It was the second Carter County home claimed by a fire in as many days: A Valley Forge home was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.
Carter County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Travis Ludlow, who has been charged with investigating the fire, wasn’t surprised at the speed at which the mobile home burned.
“A lot of times, when you’re dealing with this kind of house, they tend to go up pretty quick,” Ludlow said.