UPDATE: Homespun Hills fire claims victim
by Staff Reports
A 23-year-old Boone resident died Wednesday in an early morning apartment fire on Homespun Hills Road, according to the Boone Fire Department.
Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Hall confirmed that the victim was Christopher Alan Brubaker of Boone, Boone Fire Capt. Mike Teague said Thursday afternoon.
Brubaker was a graduate of Watauga High School and worked at Pepper's Restaurant and Black Cat Burrito. He is survived by his father and mother, John M. and Sandra Lyon Brubaker of Boone, and his brother, John Michael Brubaker of Greensboro.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters have determined that it started in the upper right unit of the apartments at 564 Homespun Hills Road, located off N.C. 105, Chief Jimmy Isaacs said.
Fire units were dispatched to the scene around 4 a.m. Wednesday, arriving to find the structure heavily involved in fire. Smoke and heavy fire was coming from the second floor of the two-story triplex, Isaacs said.
Units were notified that a person could possibly be trapped inside of the Homespun Apartments building. At least two other people escaped the building without harm, according to firefighters.
"The fire was quickly knocked down, and during the initial search, one victim was found," read a fire department statement.
Boone Fire was assisted by Blowing Rock Fire, Cove Creek Fire, Deep Gap Fire, Foscoe Fire and Watauga Medics.
The Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation alongside Boone Fire Department. The body was delivered to the Watauga County Medical Examiner's Office for identification and cause of death.