Dan Pool / Photo The fire was too far along when it was reported for crews to save the structure.
Flames quickly destroyed a rental home on Whitestone Road Thursday mid-morning.
Pickens crews were on the scene shortly after the fire was reported (Feb. 11th) but could do little to save the home where Mack and Betty Price lived.
Fire Marshal Curtis Clark said, “It was rolling pretty good when we got there. It got a good headstart. There was some delay before anyone spotted the flames and called it in.”
The couple was not home at the time of the fire. They were nearby visiting relatives and arrived while fire crews were in action. No injuries to anyone including fire crews were reported.
The structure was a trailer with a wood porch and a metal roof added later over the top of the original roof. It was totally consumed by flames in less than an hour.
Clark said the added roof makes it a little tougher to fight the fire, but not significantly so. He said it was a case where the fire had grown too much before crews got the call.
“We had a good response and our fire operations went well,” Clark said. “I am just sorry we couldn’t do more.”
Red Cross is assisting the couple. There was no insurance on either the structure or for the renters. Clark termed it a “total loss” of structure and possessions.
The cause of the flames has not been determined. Clark said it is under investigation by his office, the state fire marshal and the sheriff’s office.
Ms. Price has established a gofundme page www.gofundme.com/wgrtn9q4
She said on the page, “Mack and I lost everything we had in a fire. We are asking for help to get the things we need - bed, clothes, shoes, etcetera. If you could please help in anyway we would greatly appreciate it.”