The Battleboro Community Volunteer Fire department fought a blaze during steady snow Saturday night.
Firefighters and the resident of a doublewide trailer on the 2200 block of Tanner Road were unhurt as a result of the fire, which started around 7 p.m. Saturday.
Firefighters said they believe the fire was started by the resident cooking in the kitchen.
“(The resident) was there by himself and started cooking chicken legs and walked out of the room to go to the restroom,” Assistant Chief James Hardee said.
Hardee said the resident did his best to put the fire out, but to no avail.
“He came back and noticed the kitchen on fire and grabbed a trash can full of water and threw it on the wall behind the stove, and grabbed another trash can,” Hardee said. “By that time, the smoke was so thick he had to leave the building.”
Hardee said the Rocky Mount Fire Department and Whitakers Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the call.
“When we pulled (up) on the scene, we noticed the fire a mile away,” Hardee said. “Flames were coming from the roof. We made a pretty aggressive attack at the front door. That was the unburned side, and this pushed the heat and fire and flames out the burned side.”
He said firefighters doused the blaze with about 600 gallons of water, and it was mainly the kitchen area of the trailer that was damaged.
Hardee said about 17 of the department’s 24 members responded to the fire. Fighting the blaze during the snow wasn’t a major problem.
“It was a little cold,” Hardee said. “ It was a little bit slick on the yard itself. Pulling the hose was a little aggravating. But it was a wet snow. With cleats, we were able to manage.”
Hardee said the roads were frozen over late Saturday night when firefighters responded to another fire, a car blaze in the Drake community that they believe was started by vandals. He said firefighters stayed until 4 a.m. Sunday fighting that blaze.
Hardee said it is not difficult at all getting volunteers to respond during rough weather conditions.
“It takes a different individual to contribute time and effort for training and respond in the middle of the night in adverse conditions,” he said.