Three homes, one in Taft and others in Petersburg and Frankewing, were destroyed by fire in recent weeks, while a mobile home in the Stateline Road area was lost to fire over the weekend.
Monday of last week, a raging fire destroyed the home of a family of seven in Taft.
Most of the Lincoln County fire and rescue units responded to the blaze, located at 1387 Ardmore Hwy., including the Central, Molino, Boonshill, Blanche and Dellrose units, along with personnel from Belleville who were available to assist.
Doug Campbell, EMA director and county fire chief, said the home was an older structure, and unfortunately, the Benjamin and Melissa Sanders’ family did not have homeowners’ insurance. He noted that according to one of the home’s residents, they believed the fire was electrical in nature.
About 30 minutes prior to the Taft fire, Giles County requested mutual aid from Lincoln County Fire/Rescue to bring additional water to a fire in downtown Frankewing. Located on Beech Hill Road, the structure was also an older home.
“I could see the fire from the state garage,” said Campbell. Boonshill and Molino units brought water to assist Giles County firefighters and kept a propane tank cool.
“They couldn’t salvage anything,” Campbell said.
Three weeks ago, May 22, a fire destroyed a two-story home at 300 Church Street in Petersburg. The home was on the Marshall County side of town. Petersburg Fire Department, along with Lincoln County’s Central and Boonshill Fire/Rescue units, responded.
Two individuals got out of the house safely, and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire was unknown, said Angela Phelps, deputy director of the Lincoln County EMA.
Fire completely destroyed a mobile home at 2167 Stateline Road late Saturday morning.
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department report noted that a woman had been cleaning the trailer earlier that morning, though no one was actually living in it at the time of the fire.
Lincoln County Fire/Rescue units responding to the blaze, which occurred about 11:30 a.m., were Blanche, Molino and Dellrose.
The EMA director said officials are unsure at this time what started the fire.
The owner did not have insurance, authorities said.