Blaze destroys house in Pilot Mountain

By Andy Winemiller -

PILOT MOUNTAIN — In the early morning hours of Sunday, a house on Main Street here went up in flames.

Fire Chief Derrick Manuel, Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department, said a home located at 303 West Main St. in Pilot Mountain is a total loss for its owners. No injuries were reported from the fire.

Manuel said his department was dispatched to the scene of the blaze at about 3:15 a.m. on Sunday. However, when firefighters arrived on scene, it was already too late for the structure.

“It was a fully involved structure fire at the first-arriving unit,” said Manuel.

Manuel explained that two neighboring houses and an outbuilding were very near the house, so firefighters focused their attention on ensuring those structures were safe.

“Our primary concern was the structures adjacent to it,” added Manuel.

Under a contract with the town of Pilot Mountain, the volunteer department provides fire coverage within the town limits.

A number of area volunteer fire departments aided Pilot Knob firefighters in that endeavor, said Manuel. The Bannertown, Westfield, Pinnacle, Double Creek and South Surry departments were on the scene of the fire, and the Ararat Volunteer Fire Department was placed on standby for the blaze.

Manuel noted that officials from the Pilot Mountain Police Department controlled traffic at the scene, and the Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad and Surry County EMS were on hand in case anybody needed medical treatment.

That wasn’t necessary though, said Manuel. No firefighters were injured as they fought the fire, and nobody was in the home at the time it ignited.

“To the best of my knowledge, it was a vacant house,” said Manuel.

The home was purchased by Chadwick and Erin Dickerson in 2016, according to Surry County tax records. The structure was valued at about $77,000.

Manuel said the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Surry County Fire Marshal’s Office.

That office could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Though the home could not be saved, Manuel said he was happy with the way personnel at the scene handled the blaze.

“I saw some excellent team work on the scene,” said Manuel. “I need to thank all those mutual aid departments which helped out.”

By Andy Winemiller

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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