Valle Crucis home destroyed by fire Wednesday night

Last Updated on January 22, 2024 4:12 pm

UPDATE Monday, January 22 – After the Watauga County Fire Marshal’s office completed the investigation at 2810 Broadstone Rd, it was determined the fire was started by an open flame heating device used to thaw the frozen pipes. It was accidental in nature.  

A Valle Crucis home is a total loss after a fire Wednesday night.

At approximately 7:00 pm Foscoe Fire Dept responded to reports of a structure fire on the 2000 block of Broadstone Road.

First responding units reported smoke showing on the top floor of the structure, according to Emma Ward with the Watauga County Fire Marshal's Office.

One occupant was in the home at the time, there were no injuries, Ward added. The cause is still under investigation.

“Foscoe made an incredible stop given the hurdles they faced. With temperatures in the teens battling the blaze proved difficult. Initial interior fire suppression was hampered due to lack of access into the attic adding to the hurdles they overcame.” said Assistant Fire Marshal Mike Snider.

The Fire Marshal's office would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone with the extreme cold temperatures in the forecast please do not use open flame heaters in crawl spaces to thaw frozen pipes.

Foscoe Fire, Cove Creek Fire, Shawneehaw Fire. Boone Fire, Watauga Medics, Watauga Sheriff's office, Watauga Rescue, and Watauga County Fire Marshals Office all responded to the scene.

Photos: Emma Ward

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