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Investigation: fire started from “undetermined cause”

By Clint Parker

Woodfin – A fire, which destroyed a house on Baird Cove Lane last month (Tuesday, March 19), has been ruled as from an “undetermined cause.” That according to Buncombe County Fire Marshal Kevin Tipton who investigated the blaze.

“The home was under renovation,” Tipton told the Tribune. “It is owned by an out-of-state party. It’s managed by a local property agency. It was being remodeled to increase the value of the rent each month. The fire’s origin was on the front of the house. Undetermined cause. We don’t know whether it started inside or out. However, it is not suspicious, and a private investigator from the insurance company agreed with my findings.”

In the Tribune’s initial report a neighbor said she saw people in the house just hours before the house went up in flames. 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.

Asked if he had looked into the neighbor’s claim that she saw some people working at the house just a couple of hours before the fire Tipton replied, “Yes, and I got the same statements from those neighbors, and from what I can gather, and digging into the investigation they were off on their timeline a little bit. But there were construction workers working on the floors.”

“It was still an undetermined cause, unfortunately, due to the damage.” Tipton said that the investigation has been closed.

The Tribune also reported in our initial report on the fire that Buncombe GIS records found online identify the property at 120 Baird Cove Lane as belonging to Renae Susanne Greene of Port Matilda, PA.

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