Flat Mountain fire leaves no trace for investigators

Highlands Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire on the 3900 block of Flat Mountain Road at 1 a.m. on July 6. The home was vacant at the time of the fire and HFR Chief Ryan Gearhart said there were no injuries dowsing the blaze.

However, the fire burned so hot and thoroughly that all evidence leading to the fire’s cause was destroyed, said Gearhart.

“Cause is undetermined due to it being burned up so bad, there is essentially no evidence,” he said.

The structure is considered a total loss.

The structure was a total loss.

“The biggest factor in it being a complete loss is it being so far out of town,” said Gearhart. “Also, it was an old wooden structure so I’m sure it was very dry wood.”

Other crews responding to the fire include Cashiers-Glenville and Sky Valley/Scaly Mountain fire departments.

Gearhart said the homeowners are part-time residents who planned on moving to the area permanently very soon.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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