Family displaced by fire early Thursday morning

A mobile home fire early Thursday morning in extreme southern Jefferson County displaced a family of two adults and several children and the home was a total loss, Watson Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Henderson said.

The fire was reported at 6:12 a.m. at 4 Rucker Cove, and Henderson said he was unsure of what happened to the family because the Red Cross had been called but did not respond. He identified one of the occupants as Leslie Guffey but had no information about the names of the other people who had been in the home.

Guffey contacted The Commercial later Thursday and said no children were in the home at the time of the fire.

The double-wide mobile home was fully engulfed when firefighters from Watson Chapel arrived on the scene 20 minutes after receiving the call. Henderson said because of the location of the home, “It was a long haul for us to get there.”

Rucker Cove is located off Sunset Lane, which runs off U.S. 79, and to reach it, firefighters had to go into Cleveland County, then back into Jefferson County. The area is actually in a corner separating Jefferson, Cleveland and Grant counties, he said, and was almost exactly 10 miles from the closest fire station.

“We had two pumpers and a tanker and about 10 firefighters and Highway 15 (Volunteer Fire Department) sent two tankers and some of their people,” Henderson said. “We have a mutual aid agreement with Highway 15 and they respond to help us when we have a house fire and we respond to help them if they have one.”

Firefighters from the two departments wrapped up at 10:19 a.m., and Henderson said the cause of the blaze was still undetermined.