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VIDEO | 2 without a home after fire destroys Waynesville house

Photo: Tammy Smathers

On Saturday, a house fire in Waynesville leaves two people homeless.

Waynesville firefighters say a two-story house built in 1913 is total loss after it went up in flames Saturday morning.

Two people were inside the home at the time, but were able to make it out safely. One suffered minor injuries.

Chief Joey Webb says firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the fully involved fire on Elysinia Avenue around 6:45 am.

The relatively advanced age of the home made it harder for crews to do their job, said the fire chief at the scene.

"The house was built in 1913, and of course over the years and remodeling and things like that and the way the structures built did make it a little difficult. It being a two-story house, that always causes problems. We sent the ladder truck up in and fought fire with the ladder truck,"said Waybesville Fire Department Chief Joey Webb, Sr.

Chief Webb estimates it took about 40 minutes to put the fire out, but firefighters stayed for several hours afterward to mop up hot spots.

Webb said gusty winds presented a danger to one other nearby structure, but firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading.

The cause remains under investigation.

The Red Cross is offering services to the people who lost their home.

Firefighters from Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Saunook, and Lake Junaluska responded along with the Haywood County Rescue Squad.


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