Firefighters respond to two blazes

Occupants unharmed, but houses are destroyed
Apr. 26, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

Sevier County firefighters responded to two residential fires within hours of each other Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The occupants were unharmed, but the flames destroyed both homes.

One firefighter required medical attention at the scene of the second fire for what appeared to be exhaustion, but he did not have to go to the hospital, said Paul Lambert, public information officer for the Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department.

“I know he was treated by ambulance personnel that were there but he refused to go to the hospital,” Lambert said. “He did fight two fires.”

The first fire started around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at a home on Mountain Scenic Way. The cause is unknown. A family of four lived there, Lambert said, but had been away from the house when the fire started.

Flames had spread through the attic of the home by the time firefighters arrived, he said, and they were unable to save the home.

“We fought that fire and got our equipment and were going back and that’s when the next tone dropped over at Hawkeye View, so it was a busy night for us,” Lambert said.

That call came in about midnight, he said, and the single homeowner was present when the fire started. It apparently started in the fireplace, where the man had started a fire after the cold front moved through Wednesday. The flames had spread through most of the house by the time firefighters arrived.

The American Red Cross responded to both fires and provided shelter and aid for the displaced occupants. Neither the family nor the occupant of the second home could be reached Thursday.

Personnel from Caton’s Chapel, Wears Valley and Seymour Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the blazes, along with the Pigeon Forge Fire Department, Lambert said.

It’s been an especially busy spring so far, Lambert said, with several fires at unoccupied homes as well as residences.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com