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Crews battle home, brush fires in Scott

April 25th, 2014 3:00 am by Wes Bunch

Crews battle home,  brush fires in Scott

A wildfire burns in the Turkey Lick area of Scott County's Fairview community Wednesday. The fire burned about 20 acres and damaged a mobile home. Contributed photo.

NICKELSVILLE — Two homes received varying degrees of damage Wednesday as multiple fire crews in Scott County responded to blazes that occurred in three separate locations in Scott County.

The Nickelsville Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday to a fire in the 13000 block of Nickelsville Highway. The blaze left a single-wide mobile home with extensive damage and the family that lived there without a residence.

Nickelsville Fire Chief Roger Burke said the residents were not at home when the blaze began.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, although Burke said it appeared the blaze began in the kitchen area due to the amount of damage there.

"The flames burnt through the roof in the kitchen area all the way up," Burke said. "It burnt so bad, there was really no way to identify the cause. We don't know for sure, but the appliances in the kitchen are a possibility."

The Gate City Volunteer Fire Department was also dispatched on the call.

Burke said it took crews about 45 minutes to bring the flames under control.

The Southwest Virginia Red Cross Disaster Response team said it is assisting three adults who were displaced by the fire.

A second mobile home suffered damage later Wednesday after a 20-acre wildfire was sparked at about 3 p.m. off Turkey Lick Road in Scott County's Fairview community.

The intensity of the flames reportedly caused damage to much of the trailer's siding.

The Virginia Department of Forestry and Duffield Volunteer Fire Department were responsible for the suppression efforts.

"The flames were surrounding the residence," said the VDOF's Bill Miller. "The Duffield Volunteer Fire Department was instrumental in ensuring the structure didn't burn."

Miller said the cause of the wildfire is under investigation.

After bringing the fire under control at about 7 p.m., Miller said crews noticed a second blaze located between Routes 603 and 604 in Fairview.

Due to the location, Miller said crews weren't able to begin fighting the fire until Thursday morning.

The 75-acre wildfire was reportedly contained as of 9 p.m Thursday. It's cause also is under investigation.

Both wildfires occurred as a fire weather warning was in effect for the entire state of Virginia due to increased wind speeds and low relative humidity levels. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia effective Thursday evening as a result of the increased fire risk.

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