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2 homes charred in separate fires

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Fire ravished two mobile homes in separate incidents early Friday morning. The blazes were reported within 30 minutes of the other.

Firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Cottondale and Briar responded to reports of a “fully engulfed double wide” in the 300 block of Brighton Oaks Drive south of Boyd. The incident was reported just after 12:30.

The homeowner, Erik Harshman, and his dog escaped without injury. Harshman said he was asleep in his recliner when he awoke to a room filled with smoke.

“I felt like I was choking,” he said. “So I cupped my hands around my mouth and went to the floor to get enough fresh air. And I crawled out.”

Although the incident is under investigation, Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis believes the fire started on the front porch.

Damage to the home was extensive, and Harshman lost most of his belongings, Travis said.


Just before 1 a.m., firefighters from East Wise were dispatched to reports of a grass fire at the intersection of Coyote Trail and Ridge Trail in New Fairview. However, the flames spread quickly and clipped a mobile home.

Rhome, Decatur and Paradise fire departments were called in to assist.

It is unknown if the home was occupied. The extent of the damage was also not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation. More information will be posted when it becomes available.