Fire damages home on Powder Branch Road

From Staff Reports

   A fire Monday afternoon destroyed a portion of a residence on Powder Branch Road, according to emergency personnel.
   According to West Carter County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Conley Jones, no one was injured in the blaze. "It didn't look like anyone lived in it," Jones said. "There were no clothes in there and very little furniture in it."
   The 911 Communications Center was first notified of the fire at 1877 Powder Branch Road by someone calling in from a cellular phone. A second call about the fire was also called in from a residence located on a street that connects to Powder Branch Road.
   The corner of the home containing the kitchen, bathroom and a hallway was destroyed and the rest of the home suffered heat and smoke damage, Jones said.
   Jones stated that the cause of the blaze is still under investigation but he believes that firefighters were able to pinpoint where the blaze originated from. "It started at the back door," he said. "It may have been out on the deck area."
   Before leaving the scene, Jones had the electricity to the residence disconnected to prevent another fire.