Fire claims Waynesville home

By Allison Richmond | Apr 12, 2017
Photo by: Allison Richmond Fire crews battle the blaze at 453 Spirit Mountain Trail

Despite the efforts of fire crews from across the county, a Waynesville home was destroyed.

The fire was reported around 4:40 p.m., around the same time that multiple departments were busy assisting the N.C. Forest Service with an open burn in the Hemphill area of Maggie Valley. That fire was unrelated and possibly sparked by malfunctioning electric lines.

The home was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.

A neighbor reported seeing smoke and flames only a few minutes after someone had left the home.

The cause is still under investigation, but the home at 453 Spirit Mountain Trail was gutted by the fire, which was consuming the upper story as firefighters worked to contain it.

With resources already stretched thin, it was countywide effort to contain both serious fires simultaneously.

Crews from Maggie Valley, Crabtree-Ironduff, Waynesville, Canton, North Canton, and Junaluska Volunteer Fire Departments responded, with Maggie Valley the lead crew.

According to Waynesville Fire Chief Joey Webb, no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured in the process of extinguishing it.

“This is the definition of mutual aid,” Webb said. “We are all pulling together to take care of these fires as a team.”

The investigation into the cause of the house fire is ongoing at this time.