By Matt McGregor
Staff Writer 

Fire Causes Major Damage To Home


Last updated 3/4/2019 at 4:35pm

A house fire this morning left significant damage to a home in Connestee Falls but no major injuries.

Firefighters received a call just before 3 a.m. to the home at 2815 Connestee Trail, according to Connestee Fire Rescue Chief Chase Owen.

When firefighters arrived, the house’s basement was on fire, eventually causing 95 percent of damage to the basement and major smoke damage to the upper floor.

There were no smoke alarms in the house, Owen said, where five people were living.

“I would emphasize here the need for working smoke detectors in your home,” Owen added. “The people in this home are lucky to be alive because there were no working smoke detectors in the home and a child woke up and woke everyone else up.”

One person was transported from the scene to Transylvania Regional Hospital as a precaution.

Owen said The American Red Cross Western North Carolina Chapter is providing assistance to those living in the house.

The fire’s cause is still under investigation.

He said there are three lessons, which are listed on the fire department’s Facebook page, to learn from this particular fire.

“First, make sure you have working smoke detectors and that you check and change your batteries at least two times per year,” the post stated. “Our recommendation is that you change the batteries when the time changes.”

Second, call 911 instead of the local fire department directly.

And, thirdly, close all doors in the house at night.

“Always keep doors closed for bedrooms and stairwells,” according to the post. “The door leading to the basement of this home was closed and kept the fire from spreading to the upper floor until firefighters could extinguish the fire. Even a hollow core wood door can significantly impact the fire’s ability to spread.”

Owen stated that if anyone has any questions about smoke detectors to call his or her local fire department.

Connestee Fire Rescue, along with Brevard Fire Department, Rosman Fire Rescue, Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue, Transylvania County Rescue Squad and Transylvania County EMS, responded to the scene.


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