By Clint Parker
Jupiter – Firefighters from Jupiter Fire Department were back on the scene of a home on Eller Ford Road Thursday morning (May 16) around 9 am. The reason for their return was to add more water to embers that were starting to flare back up from a fire Wednesday night (May 15) that destroyed the house. French Broad Fire Department demolished the fire from the overnight blaze of old school in Alexander.
Mr. Green, who owns the home, was back to survey the destruction of the more than 100-year-old home in the daylight as firemen attended to the smoldering going on inside the house. Green told the Tribune that the home was built in 1913 and remodeled in 1971. He did not live in the home, but had been leasing it to the same renter for the past 26 years. The renter, along with his pets, got safely out of the home before the blaze destroyed much of the renter’s possessions along with making the house a total loss.
According to Jupiter Fire Chief Jeff Allman, who was the incident commander for the fire, the call came in at 9:16 pm on Wednesday night with the first unit on the scene at 9:23 pm. Firefighters worked several hours on the fire before clearing the property at 1:11 am on Thursday.
“My mother was born in that house in 1938 (Mattie Ruth Roberts, deceased),” Lisa Hale told the Tribune. “Lots of history for one structure.” She also posted to her Facebook, “Such a sad loss for the Jupiter/Oak Grove Community. Prayers to the family who are displaced. They were able to get out but lost everything.”
Jupiter Fire Department received aid in fighting the fire from the following fire departments: Barnardsville, Reems Creek, Mars Hill, Marshall, French Broad, Weaverville and Woodfin. Units from the Reynolds Fire Department stood by at the Jupiter Fire Station to cover for the responding station.