Fire destroys mountaintop Townsend residence on Likely Lane; lightning strike probable cause of blaze
By Wes Wade | (email@example.com)
A Townsend home was destroyed Friday evening by a fire believed to have started after lightning struck the residence.
Townsend firefighters responded to the residence, located on Likely Lane, at around 6:45 p.m. Townsend Fire Chief Don Stallions said the house was on the ground by the time firefighters arrived.
Stallions said the home, which was three stories tall, was located in a remote location on top of a mountain.
“We couldn’t get our trucks to it,” Stallions said. “We had 12 firefighters and five trucks (on scene) and we had to stage those trucks at the bottom of the mountain.”
Stallions said his truck, Townsend Police cruisers and a brush truck from the Blount County Fire Department were the only vehicles that could get up to the residence.
The house fire sparked a small brush fire that firefighters were able to quickly extinguish, Stallions said. Firefighters spent more than two hours at the scene.
Stallions said he believes the fire was likely the result of a lightning strike.
“We had a thunderstorm move in about 30 minutes prior to that (fire),” Stallions said.
No one was injured in the fire. The homeowners, who were not immediately identified, were not home when the blaze broke out.