ROAN MOUNTAIN — Arson is suspected in a Sunday afternoon fire that burned one barn at 131 Oaks Valley Road and a fire that was quickly extinguished in another nearby barn. The first barn, belonging to Roger Oaks, was destroyed in the fire.
Deputy Jon Frazier of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said he was arrived on the scene shortly before 6 p.m. and found the Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department already fighting the fire.
Frazier spoke with Barbara J.H. Oaks, who said her son, Adam Oaks, had walked outside and saw smoke coming from the barn. He ran to the barn and attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.
Frazier said he saw a piece of Styrofoam in the north corner of the barn. He pointed out the Styrofoam when the sheriff department’s arson investigator, Brad Johnson, arrived on the scene. Johnson said fuel had been placed on the Styrofoam.
While Frazier was on the scene, another barn fire was reported at 1109 Buck Mountain Road. Johnson said the fire to the second barn was quickly brought under control. Frazier talked with Teresa Campbell. She said there were several bales of hay in the barn.
Johnson said there were suspects. “The family has suspects and the department has suspects,” Johnson said.