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Woman, Grandson Escape Burning Watauga Home PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Sunday, 04 December 2011 06:01

A woman and her grandson had to flee their burning home Saturday morning after the garage and basement were discovered fully engulfed in flames.  Rebecca Shippey detected something amiss in the basement of the 166 Chigger Mountain Lane home as the two were upstairs, and upon investigating, opened the interior door to the garage to find a roaring fire—one to which opening the door supplied oxygen, causing it to flare further.  Shippy and her 10-year old grandson grabbed their dog and fled the home while calling 9-1-1to report the fire, to which Deep Gap, Boone, and Fleetwood were all called, finding the home fully involved when they arrived.  The blaze gutted the structure, leaving the exterior walls unsupported and ready to fall.  The Watauga Fire Marshal’s office was called to the scene and is working to determine the cause of the fire, saying that a box of fireplace ashes had been placed in the basement and may be to blame in the blaze.  The Red Cross was called in to aid Shippy and her grandson.



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