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Fire Destroys Maggie Valley Home

Updated: Friday, February 21 2014, 08:11 PM EST
A Haywood County couple is homeless after fire destroys their house. Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, flames broke out at their home on Low Gap Road in Maggie Valley. Only charred rubble remains of the house where Mark Parson and his girlfriend lived. There's no information yet from the fire marshal about how it started.

"No idea. We were taking a bath and come out and the house was full of smoke. It just went up so quick," said Parson. They made it out safely, but searched the rubble Friday looking for their two cats.

"We had two cats that are missing. Had the dogs. But the dogs were outside. See if we can hopefully find a cat running around," says Parson.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire marshal says the steepness of the road meant tanker trucks had to take turns getting to the scene.

"I don't know where they all parked up there. There must have been 15 trucks up there," said neighbor Cliff Peebles.

He says it was quite a scene Thursday night. "I looked up on the hill up there and it was a big fire way up there.  It was roaring, must have been 75 feet high."

Mark says he and his girlfriend have no insurance, but are getting help from family and friends and the Red Cross and are currently staying at the Maggie Valley Inn where they are receiving clothing donations.

By Rex Hodge
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