Flat Rock fire under investigation

Tom Joyce Staff Reporter

October 20, 2013

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a vacant single-wide mobile home Saturday morning in Flat Rock.

There were unconfirmed reports that a man might have set fire to the structure, before using a cell phone to call someone and say he didn’t want to live anymore.

The person receiving that call then dialed 911, which resulted in members of three volunteer fire departments responding to the scene on Gaylon Street with the idea someone might be entrapped or otherwise inside.

After putting out the blaze that was reported around 8 a.m., volunteers with the Four Way, Bannertown and Franklin departments searched the remains without finding anyone.

“It was destroyed,” Surry County Fire Marshal Doug Jones said Saturday night of the structure. “Nobody had lived in it for some time.”

A man who was possibly the person who had been inside the mobile home later was located elsewhere in the same subdivision and questioned, but no further details were available Saturday night.

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