Family loses everything in trailer fire

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A mobile home on West G Street sustained heavy damage in a Monday morning fire despite a quick response from Elizabethton Fire Department personnel.
   "It suffered heave fire damage to the back of the mobile home and heavy smoke and heat damage to the rest of the home," said EFD Chief Mike Shouse.
   The home, located at 2140 W. G St., Lot 31, was owned by Christopher and Jennifer Tolley. No one was injured in the blaze.
   According to Elizabethton Police Department Capt. Rusty Verran, the family was not home at the time of the fire. Mrs. Tolley reported to the officer that her husband was working in Boone, N.C., and that she had left with their two young children to run an errand. "She said she left to go to the post office, and, while she was on G Street, she suddenly got a strange feeling that she needed to go back to the house," Verran said.
   When Mrs. Tolley returned home, she saw smoke coming out of the trailer, Verran said. By that time, someone had already called 911 and alerted them to the fire.
   The fire struck as a real tragedy for the family. Most of the family's possessions were destroyed or suffered severe heat and smoke damage, according to emergency personnel. "It burned up all of their clothes and all of the kids' toys," said Verran. Mr. and Mrs. Tolley have two young sons -- ages 17 months and 27 months.
   Also, the Tolley's had no insurance on their home, which they were still making payments on. "She said they lacked about $100 getting the trailer payed off," Verran said.
   The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. "Right now we believe it was due to a possible short in the electrical wiring in the laundry area of the home," Shouse said.
   Three engine companies and 11 personnel from the Elizabethton Fire Department responded to the blaze.