2018-02-14 / Local News

Mullinax Circle mobile home burns to ground

Ledger Staff Writer

For two consecutive weeks now, Blacksburg-area firefighters have been called out to extinguish fires involving vacant mobile homes in the same neighborhood.

In fact, the two separate fires were so close to each other that CKC Volunteer Fire Department Chief Stick Manning said they were able to park a fire truck Monday night in almost the exact same spot as when his department responded to a Feb. 6 fire. The two fires were just on opposite sides of the road and the chief estimated they were only about 40 yards apart.

The latest fire occurred at a vacant mobile home on Mullinax Circle while the Feb. 6 fire had a Wilderness Trail address. Manning said firefighters received Monday’s call at approximately 11:30 p.m.

“It was fully engulfed when they (dispatchers) gave it out,” Manning offered. Firefighters were advised the fire was also threatening another structure.

All eastside fire departments were dispatched and Manning said they had enough water brought to the scene by fire engines and tanker trucks to douse the flames. He estimated they remained at the scene for about an hour and a half.

The previous Tuesday, firefighters were awakened shortly after 3 a.m. when fire struck a vacant mobile home off Wilderness Trail.

While the cause of the Feb. 6 fire was undetermined, a second fire in the same neighborhood involving another vacant mobile home has left little doubt in Manning’s mind the fires were set. The Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office was dispatched to the scene of Monday night’s fire.

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