MOORESBURG — Investigators don’t know exactly when a fire occurred last week that destroyed a mobile home in the Mooresburg community in far western Hawkins County.
The homeowner, Verlin Carpenter, 295 Proffit Ridge Road, Rogersville, told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that he’d been away for three days when he returned home Thursday around 2:30 p.m. to find his home completely destroyed by fire.
According to a report filed by HCSO Deputy Michael Lipe, Carpenter stated he left his residence last Monday, Oct. 28, around 4:30 p.m.
“He stated no one was at the residence while he was gone or had permission to be there,” Lipe said. “I observed the mobile home completely destroyed by fire and a small area around the home had been burnt.”
Hawkins County Central Dispatch records showed that no one had called in to report the fire prior to Thursday afternoon when Carpenter arrived home and called 911.
The value of the home and its contents was estimated at $70,000.
Lipe’s report stated that the HCSO Detectives Division was notified about the fire and the investigation remains open. But there was no indication as of Monday whether the fire was being investigated as suspicious. Detective Lt. Eve Jackson told the Times-News that more information might be available later in the week.
The Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department and Holston Electric responded to the scene with the HCSO Thursday afternoon.