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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Fire destroys mobile home near Blackbird

  • A 54-year-old man was left homeless Friday when a fire destroyed his Blackbird-area mobile home in a matter of minutes.
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  • A 54-year-old man was left homeless Friday when a fire destroyed his Blackbird-area mobile home in a matter of minutes.
    Robert Cahall, the lone resident of the mobile home at 244 Black Stallion Road, said he was first alerted to the fire by the smell of smoke, which he then found emanating from an electrical socket.
    “Once I saw that, I got the hell out of there,” Cahall said. “And I’m glad I did because the whole thing went up in less than five minutes. All I could do was stand here and watch. It’s hard. That’s been my home forever.”
    A resident of the 1-acre property for 31 years, Cahall said he managed to save only two pairs of pants and the shirt on his back.
    “I lost my glasses, my wallet, two televisions, my guns – just everything,” he said. “There goes my lifestyle, which was basically hunting, fishing and sleeping.”
    Alex Carrow, an assistant chief with the Clayton Fire Company, said the blaze was reported about 12:04 p.m. and the first fire trucks arrived about 10 minutes later.
    “It was fully involved when we got here,” he said. “The roof was already starting to collapse at that point.”
    About 35 firefighters from Clayton, Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna and the Townsend Fire Department managed to bring the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, he said.
    Firefighters continue to spray water on various hot spots for another hour.
    The blaze is currently under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.
    For now, Cahall said he plans to stay with his son, Danny, in Felton.
    “I really don’t know what I’m going to do after that,” he said.

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