Four area fire crews responded to a call of a structure fire off of Bee Tree Road in Glenville shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Monday. There are no injuries and it’s believed the residence is vacant and no one was inside at the time of the fire, said Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Todd Dillard.
A downed power line to the rear of the house made the ground unsafe to walk on and had crews waiting for Duke Energy to arrive on site and turn off the electricity.
During that waiting period fire crews had hoses trained on the burning structure to prevent it from spreading. The problem was, there was no hydrant located near the house so crews had to use tanker trucks to haul up water from Bee Tree Road to keep the fire contained.
“We got what looks like an abandoned home, so were making sure the fire doesn’t spread while we wait for Duke [Energy],” said Dillard. “With the power line down behind the house, even with our special boots, we’re going to wait. No one’s been injured by electricity and we’re not going to risk it.”
After Duke Energy shut off the power, fire crews moved in and put out the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation and Dillard said the house is a total loss. Crews from Highlands, Cullowhee, and Lake Toxaway also responded to the call.
Robert Crowe lives next to the burned house and is the one who called the fire department.
“I came in and smelled something burning,” said Crowe. “I went to look and the entire end was on fire, that’s where the kitchen is. It’s lucky no one’s been in there for years.”