By Joe King, [email protected]

SVFD trucks arrive on the scene of the brush fire. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

SVFD trucks arrive on the scene of the brush fire. (The Herald/ Submitted Photo)

The Seymour Volunteer Fire Department had plenty of work to keep their membership busy during the week with two fires breaking out in the area back-to-back.

The first was at 1504 Indian Warpath Rd., which happened March 22 at about 4 p.m.

SVFD was the first agency on the scene and was later assisted by Northview/Kodak and Sevier County volunteer departments, as well as city departments from Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.

Upon arrival the fire was about 30 percent involved on the 1,500 sq. ft. home.

“Fire suppression efforts were hampered by building construction as tongue and groove solid wood construction and void-space fire movement,” said SVFD Chief Kevin Nunn. “A general message to the public is do not build a roof over a roof with a space in between, it allows for rapid fire development and unchecked movement of a fire.”

Fire departments stayed on scene fighting the blaze for four hours. The Subway restaurant on Boyds Creek provided food to the fire fighters during the battle against the flame.

Adding a level of difficulty to the fight against fire, eight minutes after dispatch a brush fire was called-in from the Knox County side of Seymour.

“We sent two firefighters, a tanker and brush truck, then requested mutual aid assistance from rural metro,” Nunn said. “It was under control within two hours, but those resources would have been nice to have on this structure fire.”

Despite best efforts, the house on Indian Warpath Rd. was a total loss.

“The family didn’t have any insurance and will be working on salvaging their property for a few weeks,” Nunn said of the aftermath.


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