2 escape when Sevier County home burns to ground

2 escape when Sevier County home burns to ground

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Firefighters say the fire at 1890 Natures Lane in Wears Valley started around 2 a.m. Firefighters say the fire at 1890 Natures Lane in Wears Valley started around 2 a.m.
A short time later, a brush fire broke out on Overholt Trail in the Shagbark Community. A short time later, a brush fire broke out on Overholt Trail in the Shagbark Community.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Sevier County fire crews were busy overnight battling two large fires.

The first fire happened early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters say a home at 1890 Natures Lane in Wears Valley caught fire around 2 a.m.

"It was real, real bright," said neighbor Glenda Hoffman. "I thought the sun was coming up. I looked out the window and saw the fire."

The two people living in that home were able to get out safely, but little remains of the cabin, other than its tin roof.

Just down the road on Overholt Trail in the Shagbark Community, a brush fire got out of control a few minutes later.

"The wind had blown a tree down and hit the power line and set the mountain on fire," said Gerald Shelton, a state forestry department technician.

State forestry crews and Sevier County volunteer firefighters worked all morning to make sure the brush fire was under control.

Tuesday morning's rain helped slow down both fires and prevented them from spreading more.
  
"There were three structures that were threatened," said Shelton. "It was very dangerous."

Huffman says she plans to continue to keep a close eye on the burning rubble near her home until it goes out completely.
   
"I don't ever want to see another one," she said.

Fire crews plan to be back out to the brush fire site once it dries up to put up control lines to prevent future fires.

They say Tuesday's high winds played a factor in the brush fire spreading.

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