Fire destroys man’s home in Owens Cross Roads

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Mobile home is a total loss after early morning fire

A man in Owens Cross Roads is without a home after it was destroyed in a fire early Friday morning. No one was injured in the fire, which happened on Byrd Road. So far, there is no official word on what caused it.

Coby Hanrahan, who lives right across the road, was close by when it happened.

“I come back out, and there’s a whole row of firetrucks down the trailer park,” said Hanrahan.

Big Cove Volunteer Fire Department responded first. Owens Cross Roads, New Hope, and Huntsville Fire and Rescue were called in for mutual aid. Huntsville Fire and Rescue says they responded just before 4AM.

Hanrahan says he is friends with the man who lived there and came by to pick up his bikes. His friend was doing work on them.

“He’s a mechanic– a real good mechanic at that.,” said Hanrahan. “He does a lot of work for me and my girlfriend’s dad.”

Hanrahan’s bikes weren’t damaged.

“Little trike and a dirt bike and stuff but it didn’t get harmed or nothing– but his stuff– he lost everything,” he said. “I mean I’m not worried about my stuff. I’m worried about his. He has done a lot for us. I mean, why did he deserve that?”

Another neighbor who tells me he is best friends with the man who lived there says he was at the home working on a car right outside when the fire started. Another friend, who was inside the mobile home ran outside to tell him the house was on fire. He says he believes it was an electrical fire that started in the bedroom.

Neighbors say this fire has come at a difficult time as the man lost a close friend just six months ago.

“A friend to all of us– and now this,” said Hanrahan. “I mean it’s just one thing after another.”

A neighbor tells us he is currently staying with family.

WZDX reached out to the fire departments who responded, and it’s unclear as to whether this fire is being investigated.

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