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Fire destroys mobile home off Cherokee Road; firefighters battle blaze twice

August 17th, 2011 12:52 pm by Becky Campbell

A trailer fire near Water Tank Hill Road off Cherokee Road destroyed a family’s home Tuesday night, and then firefighters had to return hours later when the fire rekindled.
The initial call to K E Drive was reported around 7:30 p.m., according to the Embreeville Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters found the trailer engulfed in fire.
Additional fire units from Jonesborough, West Carter County and Nolichuckey fire departments assisted in fighting the blaze.
Bill Whitlock, pastor of Mission for Jesus Church in Hampton, said the home belonged to two of his congregates, one who was attending church when he received word of the blaze.
According to Whitlock, David and Ellen Huskins had no insurance and David Huskins was unemployed after health problems forced him to give up his business.
He said the fire destroyed about half the couple’s home initially, but “it burned the rest of it up,” after rekindling several hours later.
Firefighters were called back to the scene early Wednesday morning because the fire had rekindled. They were on scene until about 3:30 a.m. the second time.
The cause of the fire was unknown at the time but remained under investigation.
The family had no insurance, and a local church offered to collect donations to assist family members.
Whitlock can be reached at 543-8491 or 297-2864.

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