Tragic early morning fire destroys home

By Kyle Perrotti | Jan 13, 2017
Photo by: Kyle Perrotti The fire, which burnt the entire roof, is believed to have started in the attic of the home.

A fire completely destroyed a Haywood County home early Thursday morning.

Center Pigeon Fire Chief John Pless said volunteer firefighters responded to a 911 placed by a resident at call at 621 Henson Cove Road at about 4:25 a.m. He added that by the time the first fire engine got there, the blaze, which started in the attic, had already engulfed the roof, causing it to be a total loss.

“It’s probably not cost-effective to replace it at this point,” Pless said.

Because the fire occurred early in the morning, there was no one manning the station, and volunteers had to wake up, get to the station before they could head to the scene. Despite the seemingly lengthy process from receipt of the 911 call to arriving at the fire, Pless said the first firefighters were there within about 10 minutes.

County records indicate that the owners of the house were Martin and Celia Ledford, although The Mountaineer was unable to reach any residents for comment.

There were no injuries reported to any of the residents or the firefighters who responded.