Deputy Dave Ryan of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said he was dispatched to a structure fire in Garrison Hollow at 11:42 a.m. on Tuesday. When he arrived, he observed flames coming out of the attic on the north end of the house. Smoke had also filled the top and bottom floors of the home.
Ryan said no firefighters were on scene when he arrived and he checked to see if anyone was inside.
Patricia Hall told the deputy she was asleep in a bedroom on the first floor and the smell of smoke was so strong that it woke her up. Hall then went to see where the smoke was coming from and the whole top floor was completely black from smoke. She then called 911 and went outside.
Members of the Hampton and Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Departments arrived and started to fight the blaze. Ryan said the attic and top floor rooms were a total loss and the rest of the home was damaged by smoke and water.
The home’s owner, John Thorton, arrived and said an attic fan at the south end of the home had been making a noise for some time. He said the fire appeared to have started at the south end of the home.
The American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee is assisting the family.