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Hawkins County fire destroys home that had been in family for nearly 200 years

Jeff Bobo • Oct 4, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County home that had been in the same family for nearly two centuries was destroyed by fire early Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to 115 Barker Road on Friday around 2:30 a.m. after a neighbor, David Barker, reportedly noticed his brother’s unoccupied nearby residence on fire.

Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Gary Murrell said that by the time the first firefighters arrived at the residence the original log home and its additions were fully engulfed.

“We had a mobile home about 75 feet from the residence, and we concentrated part of our crew on protecting that residence and the rest of them went on to try to knock the flames down,” Murrell said. “It was a hot fire. The main residence was already pretty much gone when we got there, but we were able to prevent it from spreading to the mobile home where the brother lives.”

David Barker told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office he was watching TV when he noticed the fire. Electricity was hooked up at the residence and Barker said it was in the process of being remodeled by the owner, Eddie Barker, who resides in Maryland.

Arson was not suspected, Murrell said.

Murrell said the cause was not known, and because of the extent of the damage, the cause would likely remain a mystery.

Aside from Striggersville, volunteers firefighters from Lakeview and Clinch Valley also responded to the fire.

David Barker told the HCSO that the residence had been in his family for almost 200 years. The residence was reported as a total loss.

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