Stoney Creek home destroyed by morning fire, no injuries

From Staff Reports

   The cause of a fire that claimed the home of a Carter County family Wednesday morning is still under investigation, but preliminary reports show that it may have been caused by electrical problems in the home. There were no injuries
   Owned by Kristi Whisenhunt, 109 Eggers Lane, the home was reported on fire by a neighbor around 9:30 a.m. The house was fully engulfed when firefighters from the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department and other emergency workers arrived.
   "As far as we can tell it's electrical in nature," said Chief Jason Shaw, of the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department. "We didn't find anything suspicious."
   According to Carter County Sheriff's Deputy Kenny Cornett, investigators were not able to complete the investigation immediately after the fire because the remains of the home were still smoldering and emitting intense heat.
   Sheriff Henson stated he believes the investigation will prove that the fire was caused by electrical malfunctions because it started near a fuse box in the home.
   Shaw stated that the owners of the home, as well as neighbors, were at their jobs when the blaze started.
   Firefighters from the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department along with firefighters from the Watauga and Hampton volunteer fire departments finished fighting the blaze around 2 p.m. According to Shaw, the fire spread between the floors of the two story home, eventually reaching the insulation.