By Clint Parker
Leicester – An early morning fire on Friday (October 12) destroyed an on-frame modular home at 356 Old Leicester Highway according to the West Buncombe Fire Department who worked the blaze.
Division Chief Dennis Fagnant with the West Buncombe Fire Department said that the call was received close to 12:30 am and the department arrived on the scene within five minutes of receiving the call. Fagnant said the home was fully involved when the first firefighters arrived on scene.
“When I was pulling up it was just a significant glow and fire everywhere,” said Fagnant. “One of the main contributing factors to this was that there was a good stiff wind blowing across the building. All the windows that had broken [in the home] as a result of this fire just created this wind-driven fire which really accelerated the spread and intensity of it.”
There were two people at the home at the time the fire broke out, said Fagnant. “They did actually get hurt. They were both treated on scene and they didn’t go to the hospital. One for smoke inhalation and one for a burn to the foot. This message, especially with this being Fire Prevention Week is once you’re out, stay out. They both went back in after they had gotten out and that’s when the injuries occurred.”
Fagnant said about 15 fire crew personnel worked the blaze for about four hours. West Buncombe had help from Woodfin, Leicester and Asheville Fire Departments. The cause is still under investigation said Fagnant, “It’s probably going to be a difficult one just because of the nature of the burn. A lot of stuff got consumed in the fire so it’s going to be a difficult investigation.” Buncombe County Deputy Fire Marshal Terry Gentry is the lead investigator on the fire.