Fire strikes twice at Patterson home
by Sherry Soelman
Oct 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Marty and Tanya Patterson’s home Wednesday afternoon after the second fire breaks out. Photo by Sherry Soelman
The fire that started at the Patterson home in the early morning hours Wednesday, October 5, 2011, took a second shot at Under Sheriff Marty Patterson and his wife, Tanya. While they slept the first fire blazed through their carport at about 1:30 a.m., destroying all of their vehicles. Approximately 12 hours later while the couple was trying to sort out matters with the insurance adjuster, according to Sheriff Charlie Crumpton, the wind blew and the blaze came back to life.

Three volunteer fire trucks were dispatched from Raleigh and Polkville to the home 10 miles west of Raleigh on Hwy. 18 in the White Oak community. Volunteer fire fighters arrived on the scene and began spraying the brick and tin left standing on the carport. Smoke was drifting through the vents in the top of the house, filling the rest of the house with its stench.

Fire fighters from Raleigh, Puckett, Pineville, Polkville, and Sylvarena responded the first time. Tate Revette, Emergency Management Director, said the damage was contained to the carport and living room. They had nine fire trucks on the scene.

Marty Patterson said they tried to salvage clothes from the smoke damage, but after two washes the smell of smoke was still prevalent. “All was lost,” he said.

No definite cause for the fire has been determined. Marty said it looked like it started at the electrical box on the side of the carport.

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