Cause Still Unknown on Monday Trailer Fire

Courtesy: MJ Kneiser

Courtesy: MJ Kneiser

The cause of a trailer fire near Lake Hartwell in Stephens County remains under investigation today.

Big Smith, Martin, Eastanollee, and Carnes Creek Volunteer Fire Departments were all called out to the fire near the intersection of North Holcomb Drive and Bonneville Drive Monday morning.

That is near Holcomb Access Boat Ramp on Lake Hartwell in far southeastern Stephens County.

The initial calls went out during the 8 a.m. hour.

Big Smith Volunteer Fire Chief Jonathan Jordan said when crews arrived, they found the trailer and a camper both on fire.

“We had a single wide dwelling fully involved and a tow-behind camper probably 50 percent involved,” said Jordan.

There were people inside at the time of the fire, but everyone got out safely.

Larry Bowen Jr. lived in the trailer and said they lost everything.

“I was outside cleaning my truck and everybody else was in the house,” said Bowen Jr. “They came out and said the house is on fire. I tried to put it out but it was too hot. I could not save the camper. I could not save anything.”

Crews did also have to shut down North Holcomb Drive for a time while they fought the fire.

Separately, firefighters also responded to a second structure fire in Stephens County on Monday afternoon.

That fire took place on South Pond Street in Toccoa.

Initial calls on that fire went out during the 3 p.m. hour on Monday. Crews there had cleared the scene by the early evening hours.

(MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio contributed to this story)