Firefighters battling Fleetwood blaze


By Adam Orr - [email protected]



(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Smoke from a massive fire in Fleetwood could be seen from Walmart in West Jefferson.


(Christy Denny|Jefferson Post) The smoke pouring from a Paul Goodman Road fire could be seen from as far as West Jefferson Sunday afternoon.


FLEETWOOD-Firefighters from multiple departments are currently on the scene of a large blaze in Fleetwood.

According to scanner traffic, at one point at least a dozen fire departments were called to the scene of a fire that occurred sometime before 10 a.m. Nov. 20.

It’s unclear at press time exactly where the fire was located, though first responders had the entrance to Paul Goodman Road blocked off from entry. Fire trucks could be seen filling up their water tanks from Old Fields Creek Sunday morning and afternoon before heading further up the road to battle the fire.

Smoke could be seen from as far as West Jefferson and Todd. The Ashe County Sheriff’s Department, N.C. Forest Service and the Ashe County Rescue Squad also pitched in to help on the scene.

Firefighters also dealt with temperatures below freezing, with wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a High Wind Warning for Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany Counties Sunday.

According to Ashe County Emergency Management Coordinator Patty Gambill, the fire is now an official N.C. Forest Service event.

Phone calls to NC Forest Service personnel Sunday evening concerning the current state of the fire were not immediately returned.

Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.

(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Smoke from a massive fire in Fleetwood could be seen from Walmart in West Jefferson.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Walmart-4.jpg(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Smoke from a massive fire in Fleetwood could be seen from Walmart in West Jefferson.

(Christy Denny|Jefferson Post) The smoke pouring from a Paul Goodman Road fire could be seen from as far as West Jefferson Sunday afternoon.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Fire-4.jpg(Christy Denny|Jefferson Post) The smoke pouring from a Paul Goodman Road fire could be seen from as far as West Jefferson Sunday afternoon.

By Adam Orr

[email protected]

comments powered by Disqus