By Clint Parker
Woodfin – A house on Baird Cove Lane off Baird Cove Road was destroyed by an early morning fire. A neighbor said she saw people in the house just hours before the house went up in flames. No one was home at the time of the blaze.
The blaze took place just after midnight Tuesday morning. According to Sharon Dickerson, who lives beside the home that was destroyed, people were inside the home at about 10 pm. She said they appeared to be working on the floors. She and her husband later went to bed only to be awakened about 12:40 am to find the house beside them in flames. They called 911.
An unidentified Hispanic man, who was at the home the morning after the fire, said he was working on the house the night before and had quit work about 8:30 pm. He told the Tribune he had no idea who would have been working on the house at that hour. Dickerson insisted that she saw people in the home at 10 pm and described their movements. The man also said that the breakers in the house were tripping as they worked on the home and had to be reset several times.
According to Buncombe GIS records found at 120 Baird Cove Lane online belongs to Renae Susanne Greene of Port Matilda, PA. The property card listed the home as 824 square feet in size on the main floor with the home being built in 1944.
The call came into 911 about 12:45 am according to Woodfin Fire Chief Jeff Angel who was incident commander on the incident. Woodfin was assisted in the fire by Weaverville, Reems Creek, Barnardsville, Jupiter, West Buncombe, Reynolds and Leicester Fire Departments as well as Buncombe County EMS, Buncombe Rescue Squad, and the Buncombe County Fire Marshall’s Office. A total of 31 personnel operated at the scene with no injuries were reported on this incident.
The fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes after fire units were on the scene. All units were clear of the location about 4:20 am. According to Angel, Buncombe County Assistant Fire Marshall Kevin Tipton is investigating the fire. The home appeared to be a total loss.