Mobile home catches fire

The smell of smoke filled the air on N.C. 16 south Monday as firefighters tackled a mobile home fire on Stove Drive in Newton.

Alford Lady, owner of the mobile home on 2136 Stove Drive in Newton, said he looked outside from a camper on a neighboring piece of land and saw flames coming from the roof of the mobile home.

"I saw a bunch of smoke and called 9-1-1," said Lady, adding he was in the process of selling the mobile home to move to Louisiana.

Lady, who lived in the mobile home since the early 1990s, wasn't sure what started the fire, which appeared to come from the kitchen area of the home. Lady was living in a camper as he prepared to moved out of state.

Dustin Ladd, assistant fire chief for Bandys Fire Department, said the fire, which was reported about 12:15 p.m. Monday, was under control at 12:31 p.m. In addition to Bandys Fire Department, Newton Fire Department also responded to the scene, as well as many volunteer firefighters from the area.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, fire was coming through the roof, Ladd said. Although the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes of the emergency call, firefighters were still hitting hot spots in the mobile home about 30 minutes after the fire was under control.

Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appeared to be an accidental fire. The amount of damage, which was in the kitchen of the mobile home, is not known.

No one was in the mobile home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.