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News Cullasaja fire destroys structures

A fire on property bordering the Cullasaja River consumed a mobile home, a recreational 5th wheel trailer and a storage shed on Sunday. Investigators believe the cause of the fire was related to an electrical short in the main inverter from which the trailers were drawing their power.No injuries reported; cause is under investigation

On Sunday, the Cullasaja Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a recreational vehicle on fire visible from Highlands Road in the Cullasaja community. A call to 9-1-1 dispatch at 4:30 p.m. reported seeing an RV was on fire. The fire was actually located in a field behind a house on Maple Breeze Lane on the other side of the Cullasaja River.

According to Farrell Jamison, Chief Fire Inspector for Macon County, the fire involved a mobile home, a recreational camper trailer, and a medium-sized storage shed approximately 30 feet by 20 feet.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Jamison says that it may have been due to an electrical problem in the location of the main inverter where the trailers were hooked up. “Everything was completely destroyed,” said Jamison. The trailers were burnt down to the frame and the wheel wells and all the tires were burned.

Jamison noted that campers and mobile homes are both built of highly flammable materials which burn hot and quickly. “They are made of aluminum and fiberglass, so there wasn’t anything left but wires and stuff around.”

No one was in the mobile home or the camper trailer at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Cullasaja FD was assisted at the scene by Franklin FD and Mountain Valley FD. Jamison noted that firefighters had some difficulty accessing the property, in part because it was not located at the site originally identified by the 9-1-1 caller and in part because of muddy roads.

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