Home owner is safe after Tuesday fire

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For a time, nobody's knew the owner's whereabouts after the fire

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

LAUREL FORK — Firefighters searched into Tuesday evening for the owner of a home at 21 Ivas Lane after his doublewide was destroyed in an afternoon blaze.
Friends and family did not know the whereabouts of the man after firefighters from Laurel Fork and Hillsville spent much of the afternoon extinguishing the flames.
Fortunately, the home owner, Kenneth Handy, returned home after being out of town for the day as firefighters were leaving for the night, according to Larry Sykes of Laurel Fork Fire Department.
E-911 received a call from a passerby reporting the fire at about 2:08 p.m. just off Gladesboro Road, less than a mile south of U.S. 58.
"It was coming through the roof, I think, before anybody found it," Sykes said.
Firefighters also had to contend with freezing temperatures, and Laurel Fork returned fire trucks to the station to thaw them out between putting out the fire and searching through the home's ruins at about 5 p.m.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.