Wednesday, 01 August 2007 08:16
A fire that destroyed the scene of a Saturday shooting has
no confirmed cause.
According to Wilkes Fire Marshal Nick Hamby, the cause is
listed officially as “undetermined.” At this time, there are several
possibilities Hamby cannot rule out, including electrical problems and arson.
The Desperado Road trailer was completely destroyed in the
The trailer was in the news over the weekend when its
occupant, 41-year-old Randall Whitley allegedly shot 45-year-old Tim Potts.
Whitley lived in the home with girlfriend, Barbara Cleary, neither of whom was
home when firefighters arrived on the scene.
According to Hamby, the fire was fully engaged when
Traphill and Mountain View Fire Departments arrived. Firefighters were able to
work quickly and efficiently to control the blaze, according to Hamby, but did
not arrive in time to save the single-wide trailer.