Family loses Valley Forge home in early morning blaze

Published 11:36 am Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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An early morning fire that left one family without a home is still under investigation.

Emergency crews responded to a call of a trailer on fire on Anderson Loop off of Sims Hill Road near Long Hollow Road at 2:21 a.m. Monday.

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Once on the scene, firefighters with the Hampton/Valley Forge Fire Department discovered one bedroom and bathroom of the single-wide trailer was in flames and that smoke had filled the home. Smoke poured from the windows of the home, and the fire had burned holes through the exterior walls of the home.

“The fire was contained to the one bedroom and bathroom,” Hampton/Valley Forge Chief Johnny Isaacs said. “There was heat, smoke and water damage throughout the home so it will be considered a total loss.”

The residents, a woman and a child, were at home at the time of the fire. They were able to safely escape the home before firefighters arrived. No one was injured, but the family did lose a cat in the fire, Isaacs said.

The family was renting the trailer, but did not have renter’s insurance and are being assisted by the Red Cross, Isaacs said.

About 20 firefighters from the HVFVFD, Watauga and Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and worked through the early morning hours to extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire had not yet been determined, Isaacs said.

“The fire is still under investigation by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department,” he said. “They are looking into what happened and are trying to determine the reason the fire started.”