By Clint Parker
Barnardville Hwy – An early morning fire destroyed a single family, two-story home on Lovin Road off the Barnardsville Highway Thursday morning (April 11).
According to Firefighter Kenny DaVall with the Barnardsville Fire Department, the call came in at 5:50 am with several area fire departments responding along with Barnardsville. “[When] we arrived on scene we had heavy fire on the front of the house, the front porch,” DaVall explained. “The whole front was engulfed. So we started putting same out.”
DaVall said the home was occupied at the time of the blaze and escaped the fire uninjured. “Two to four people…everybody did get out of the residents OK. There were no injuries of the people who were living there.”
DaVall, who was incident commander on the scene, tells the Tribune that no firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. He also said the cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Buncombe County Fire Marshal’s Kevin Tipton.
According to Buncombe County land records the home belonged to Alton F. Day of Weaverville and was built in 1924. The 34 foot by 30 foot home contained about 1,500 square feet not including porches or additions.
According to DaVall the call was called at 9:57 am. He also said Barnardsville received mutual aid from Weaverville, Jupiter, Mars Hill, French Broad Woodfin, West Buncombe and Leicester Fire Departments, along with Buncombe EMS on standby at the scene.