11/28/09 158 W, 2 I - + 18 - 17 Fire on the Moutain

The Asheville Citizen-Times has details and a photo of a house fire in Haywood County that destroyed a ridge-top home in Maggie Valley on Wednesday. Flames and smoke could be seen for miles, and drivers through the valley stopped to watch. The three-story log home was fully involved upon arrival of the Maggie Valley Fire Department Fire Chief, who was there within minutes. Crews protected exposures, and also doused a woods fire that resulted.

Citizen-Times / Jon Ostendorf photo

Some 30 firefighters from Maggie Valley, Jonathan Creek, and Waynesville fire departments responded. The Fire Chief said about 25,000 gallons of water were brought up the mountain and sprayed on the fire. The structure was the last house in a gated community on the twisting Setzer Cove road. Check out this Google Maps view, which shows the many switchbacks (or hairpin turns) on the route. Click to activate:


Another example of a growing problem in the mountains: people want to build these mansions on the tops of ridges so they can have a breath-taking view but fail to think about fire protection. When the roads being built to these houses are just a little wider than a pickup truck, they might as well write off their house if it catches fire because we (the FD) can’t get to it, not to mention the water supply issues.
BFD1151 - 11/28/09 - 18:52

you’d thing if you spent that kind of money for a dream home you’d add the small amount that it would cost for a residential sprinkler system. From NFPA residential sprinkler cost assessment study…“with the average cost being $1.61 per sprinklered square foot.”
D.Cates - 11/28/09 - 21:23

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