Suspicious fire at Sally Cove Creek

By Jennifer Lassiter
Star Staff

   Hampton-Valley Forge firefighters rushed from Career Day at Hampton Elementary School Tuesday morning to respond to a suspicious house fire at 559 Sally Cove Creek.
   The home was an un-used rental property belonging to Henry and Almie Campbell. Nearby, neighbors said that the couple moved into a nursing home about a year ago, and the house has been empty ever since.
   According to the assistant chief of the Hampton-Valley Forge Department, Amos Halava, "We were actually in a classroom for Career Day when we received the call, so we got here pretty quick."
   Ivan Sluder of the Carter County Sheriff's Department stated briefly, "The fire is of a suspicious nature since there was no electricity on in the home, and we will be investigating further."
   David Caldwell, 15, a volunteer for the Hampton-Valley Forge fire department, missed a day of school at Hampton High to give a presentation with the fire department at Career Day.
   "I wish I would have brought all my gear, so I could have helped more in the fire," Caldwell said. Caldwell just planned on assisting in career day.
   He is currently taking classes at the Tennessee Technology Center and has plans to become a paramedic when he graduates from Hampton High School.
   Stoney Creek and Roan Mountain fire departments also responded to the fire.