Firefighters battle flames, freezing temps in Avery Co.

by: Dave Faherty Updated:

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AVERY COUNTY, N.C. - Fire investigators in Avery County believe they know what started a house fire near Elk Park Friday.

When firefighters arrived at the home early Friday morning, they spotted flames and smoke pouring from the house.

The temperature was only six degrees.

"It's tough when it is this cold. These conditions are bad when you have a structure fire," said firefighter Tim Franklin.

"It was a little cold but we're alright. We're used to it," added firefighter Jeremy Franklin.

The first fire crews asked for dispatchers to immediately call the North Carolina Department of Transportation because of the slick conditions on the road. Several departments from the western part of the county came to help.

Family members who live at the home think fire started with a wall heater. They estimated the damages at nearly $20,000. They told Channel 9 that they are thankful for all the volunteers who came to help.
 
"They were up against freezing weather, freezing hose lines, and exposure too. They done an excellent job putting it out," said Mike Hayes.

Nobody was hurt in the fire.