Fire destroys Canton home

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Sep 04, 2013
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Pictured is the smoldering remains from a house on Pandora Circle in Canton that burned down Monday afternoon. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

It took about 30 firefighters to tackle the flames that took over a home on Pandora Circle on Monday afternoon.

A dispatch call was made at about 1:46 p.m., said Johnny Glance, Haywood County Fire Marshal. The house was fully engulfed by the time responders arrived on the scene.

“The fire was pretty advanced when we got there,” Glance said. “We couldn’t make entry. Then we got pretty lucky that most of the structure fell in on itself.”

No one was in the building during the fire, but the flames caused the roof and walls to collapse. Glance confirmed that no injuries had been reported.

“There were a couple of firefighters in that side of house when the roof fell, but they weren’t hurt,” Glance said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and the incident is still under investigation, Glance said.

Firefighters from the Canton, North Canton, Clyde, Lake Junaluska and Center Pigeon fire departments responded to the dispatch call.

“For most of the districts in the county, it’s routine for several to get the call and rush to the dispatch,” Glance said.

Glance said he was planning to help the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office investigate the fire incident, which will involve conducting interviews and studying photos of the fire.

Glance said he didn’t know when or if a cause would be determined any time soon.

This past April, a fatal fire on Pandora Circle took the life of North Canton firefighter Brandon Burgess, who was found in his home after he died of cardiac arrest caused by smoke inhalation.