Brittney Raby – Staff Writer
The Macon County Fire Marshal’s Office in cooperation with the Franklin Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the cause of a residential structure fire that occurred Saturday evening that claimed the life of Dennis Daigle, 54.
“Firefighting crews responded to 19 Moore Street in Franklin and located one victim inside the residence,” said Macon County 911 Dispatch Director Todd Seagle.
According to Fire Marshal Jimmy Teem, authorities know where the fire started but will continue to investigate until they know what started it.
The fire was first reported to authorities at 7:29 p.m. on March 5, but at that time it was uncertain if someone was still inside the home.
“At the time of the first call it was reported that one occupant was out of the structure but one was still inside,” said Franklin Fire Department Captain and Public Information Officer Justin Setser. “The first arriving public safety personnel on scene was Franklin Police Department and a Franklin volunteer firefighter.”
After arriving on scene, authorities reported heavy fire at the front of the residence and that an individual was still in the structure, possibly in the back left bedroom area.
“Once the first arriving fire engine arrived on scene a one-and-three-quarter attack line was extended to the front of the structure and into the residence,” said Setser. “The firefighters began an aggressive fire attack and search for the victim.”
Firefighters were able to locate a down individual in the bedroom area as reported and were able to remove the individual from the residence through a window at the rear of the structure. “The individual was assessed by Macon County EMS and was determined to be deceased,” said Setser. “Two Franklin firefighters were transported to Angel Medical Center to be evaluated and were released.”
The fire remains under investigation by the NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Franklin Police Department and Macon County Fire Marshal’s Office. Franklin Fire and Rescue was assisted by Clarks Chapel Fire Dept, Cullasaja Fire Dept, Cowee Fire Dept West Macon Fire Dept, Franklin Police Dept and Macon County EMS. Franklin Fire & Rescue cleared the scene around 11:30 p.m.
Mount Harmony Baptist Church is collecting monetary and household donations to help the family recover from the house fire at 960 Campbell Road, Franklin, NC 28734.