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Update: Trailer fire causes evacuation in Temple Hill community of Unicoi County

June 4th, 2013 5:18 pm by Kayla Carter

Update: Trailer fire causes evacuation in Temple Hill community of Unicoi County

The remnants of a mobile home destroyed by fire Tuesday at 108 Dewey Corn Circle. (Lee Talbert/Press Photo Editor)

ERWIN — Angela Hughes, 43, woke up to see the flames that eventually destroyed her home at 108 Dewey Corn Circle in Unicoi County on Tuesday.

“I saw the flames shooting out of my son’s room and going down into my hall,” Hughes said before she initiated a search for her two cats that also made it out of the home unscathed. 

Hughes’ 17-year-old son, Gage, was not home when the fire occurred.

Neighbor Laurie Simmons said she wants to be there for Hughes to lean on.

“We won’t let her go without,” Simmons said. “I’m going to do everything I can.”

Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said the call came in to 911 dispatchers at 4:09 p.m.

“We received a call that a house was fully engulfed,” Hensley said. “The occupant was asleep in the house and actually woke up and saw flames. She ran out of the house unharmed.”

Hensley said Hughes’ quick action saved her life.

“The good thing, by the grace of God, is that no one got hurt,” Hensley said. “The blaze was actually coming through the house. She saw it and she ran out. She can always rebuild, but the most precious thing is life.”

The amount of heat from the blaze prompted emergency personnel to evacuate nearby homes, Hensley said.

“We were really concerned about the other mobile homes close to the house,” Hensley said. “With the heat from the fire, it was a really dangerous situation.” 

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to control the fire. 

The gas company responded to the scene within about 10 minutes to shut off a nearby gas line, Hensley said.

“We evacuated the whole trailer park to the lower end because of an active gas line,” Hensley said.

Hensley has contacted a disaster relief agency in an attempt to help Hughes through the situation.

 “I have notified Red Cross,” Hensley said. “It’s a total loss. They’ve lost everything they had.”

Hensley said Hughes wears a size 14 or 16 in junior-sized pants, medium in T-shirts and 7 1/2 shoe. Her son wears size 30x34 pants, an extra large in T-shirts and size 11 1/2 or 12 shoe.         

Southside Fire Department, Unicoi Fire Department and the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the fire. Hensley said an investigation into the fire’s cause is under way.

Earlier report:

ERWIN — A trailer fire in the Temple Hill community this afternoon forced the evacuation of neighboring homes.

Authorities said a woman who had been sleeping inside the mobile home at 108 Dewey Corn Circle awoke to see flames coming from her son's room.

Because the dwellings are close together and the proximity of a gas line in the area, authorities evacuated neighboring homes. The gas company arrived within about 10 minutes and shut off the supply.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire, which destroyed the trailer.

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