Fire torches house in Deep Gap
by Kellen Moore
A candle placed too close to a homemade window curtain was to blame for the fire that gutted a Deep Gap house Tuesday, assistant fire marshal Paul Buchanan said.
Firefighters were called to the home at 174 High Country Trail around 3 p.m. and found flames and smoke streaming from the eaves.
Homeowner Angel Teague escaped without harm.
Buchanan said the American Red Cross and local churches were assisting the woman and her son with clothing.
Deep Gap Fire Chief Mark Parsons said the entire house suffered smoke damage but that some items would likely be recoverable.
A woman and cat escaped without injuries before a fire destroyed a Deep Gap home on Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters from Deep Gap, Boone and Stewart Simmons fire departments were called around 3 p.m. Tuesday to 174 High Country Trail, a steep gravel driveway off North Pine Run Road.
The crews arrived to find flames shooting from the roof and smoke pouring from the eaves of the single-story, prefabricated home.
Jim Teague said the house belonged to his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Angel Teague.
Jason Teague is out of the state with the U.S. Air Force, but Angel Teague was home when the fire started, Jim Teague said. She told her father-in-law that there was a candle burning in the back bedroom where the fire originated, but firefighters have not yet determined the cause of the fire, he said.
Jim Teague said his daughter-in-law and grandson would stay at his home next door for the immediate future.