Wood Stove Sparks House Fire
Investigators believe a wood stove sparked a fire that burned a Haywood County family out their home.
The fire happened just before 1 a.m. Wednesday at 683 Iron Duff Road. It was brought under control in about an hour.
All six members of Brian Green's family inside escaped injury. A Clyde fireman received a minor injury to his knee. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but has been treated and released.
The Junaluska Fire Department believes a wood stove sparked the blaze that totaled the home.
"One of the residents there...she did see some fire come around the chimney and out of the wall that way. So that's believed to be the cause of the fire at this point," says Assistant Chief Chad Moody.
Officials advise wood stoves to be cleaned and inspected to ensure safety.
Fire officials say there are several fire dangers this time of year. Heating with wood or portable heaters can cause fires. The advise leaving plenty of space around them. They also say overloading Christmas lights can be dangerous if too many are plugged together into one socket or with too many extension cords. They also advise consistent watering if you have a real Christmas tree.
The home is owned by Brian Green's father. He says he did not have much insurance.
Contributions to help the Green family are being accepted through Antioch Baptist Church on Iron Dufff Road.
By Rex Hodge
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