HAMPTON — A man working on an old junked vehicle accidentally set fire to a detached garage on Thursday evening, according to the Carter County Sheriff's Department.
Sgt. Shane Watson said the Hampton-Valley Forge and the Roan Mountain volunteer fire fighters were on the scene at 743 Browns Branch Road when he arrived around 6 p.m. He said the garage was engulfed in flames at that time.
Watson spoke with garage owner Roger Mitchell Ellison. Watson said Ellison told him he had been working on an old junked vehicle and was attempting to drill a hole in the fuel tank in order to drain it.
Somehow, the fuel ignited, burning the car and spreading to the garage. There were several vehicles near the garage that were also damaged.comments powered by Disqus