Fire destroys two Sevier Co. houses

9:47 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR- Walden's Creek) A fire in the hills of Sevier County destroyed two houses Wednesday.

Investigators will be in Walden's Creek on Thursday to see if arson caused the fire that claimed the two homes on top of Bluff Mountain.

The fire started just before 4 o'clock. Crews from all across Sevier County help blot out the flames and a small, two-acre brush fire within an hour.

Firefighters say the two homes had been abandoned, but both are destroyed.

The chief of the Walden's Creek Volunteer Fire Department said it's important people be cautious this time of year as the weather continues to warm up. It's a period where residents do not need a burn permit to start a fire on their property.

"It's always good to be safe to make sure whatever debris, whatever you're burning, make sure you've got everything cleaned out and you got a water hose, and you can't leave fires unattended,' said Chief Tim Baker.

We're just about at the end of the state's spring wildfire season. According to the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the fall wildfire season will start up around October 15.

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