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ANDERSON COUNTY—A Sunday morning fire on Sulphur Springs Road injured no one but caused significant damage to the roof and laundry room of the home.
The house was fully engulfed in flames when Anderson County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived on the scene shortly after 10 a.m., and the blaze was extinguished by crews from the Marlow and Medford volunteer fire departments.
Homeowner Buster Phillips told authorities that he had heard a loud pop come from the laundry room. When he went to investigate, Phillips said, he saw a large fire behind the dryer. He and the other occupant of the house made it out safely.
It was apparently the home of Office on Aging Executive Director Cherie Phillips. WYSH reported on Wednesday that Cherie Phillips lost her home to a fire on Sunday morning, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.
Meanwhile, a fire at a vacant home in Briceville early Saturday morning is being investigated by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
The fire at the home on Andy’s Ridge Road was reported shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. When deputies arrived, the structure was fully engulfed in flames, and only one wall remained standing.
The Briceville Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the blaze.
The owner of the home and her son stated that the house had been vacant for about a year and that there were no utilities hooked up at the time of the fire.
Carl Sharp Jr. told investigators that he was aware that “unknown persons” had entered the home in the past without permission but was not sure who they were or what their intent was.
A neighbor across the street who called 911 said that she had heard two loud explosions and looked out to see the house on fire.
Firefighters were unable to immediately determine the cause of the fire, but the case has been passed along to investigators.
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