Fire destroys vacant Maryville residence on Hughes Loop Road
From Staff Reports
A mobile home on Hughes Loop Road was destroyed Tuesday night after a fire broke out at the structure.
Blount County firefighters were called to a report of a fire at 1875 Hughes Loop Road at 10:18 p.m.
Blount County Fire Captain Tim Ogle said firefighters learned while responding to the fire that it was at a residence.
“We were paged out to some type of fire on Hughes Loop Road,” Ogle said. “(We) really had no clue what it was, then en route we received another call saying it was a mobile home.”
When firefighters arrived, the structure was fully engulfed in flames. A total of four trucks and 14 firefighters were dispatched and had the fire under control by 11:06 p.m.
The structure was estimated a total loss. Firefighters said the owner, Michael Ballew, was deceased and that the residence was vacant.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Blount County Fire Captain Tim Ogle said the home was too badly damaged to immediately know where the fire originated. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the blaze, which was contained to the structure.
The Alcoa Electric Department was called to the scene shortly before 11 p.m. to pull the meter from the residence. There were no reported injuries in connection with the blaze.