Mutual aid called to Dunlap for large house fire

Mutual aid called to Dunlap for large house fire (IMAGE: Dunlap VFD firefighter Chris Walker)

The Dunlap Fire Department called several agencies to help put out a large house fire on Cherry Street in Dunlap Saturday. Flames destroyed a shed and a car port. According to the Dunlap Fire Chief, about a quarter of the house also caught fire.

"The owner of the house was having some remodel work done," said Norman Hatfield, Dunlap Fire Chief. "And they were burning some brush and remnants of an old building they had tore down. It caught the car port on fire and then it spread to the original house."

Chief Hatfield says two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. No one lived in this house, which was built around 1896. But Hatfield says the age of the house created challenges.

"The house has been added on to on several occasions and as a result we had multiple roofs and multiple ceilings that we had to contend with," said Hatfield. "And when the fire got in between those, it got very difficult to put out."

Crews spent several hours beating back flames and putting out hot spots.

Firefighters from Pikeville, Waldren's Ridge and Soddy-Daisy also responded to the fire.

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