BY KEN LITTLE
A mobile home was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon at 2451 Marvin Road, sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Morgan said in a report.
The fire started about 4 p.m.
The occupants, Richard and Rhonda Laws and three teenage children, were not home at the time.
One of the occupants told deputies they were gone about one hour "but had left the dryer running," the report said.
"It did start in the vicinity of the dryer," said Harold Williamson, Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department chief.
Firefighters got the call at 5:05 p.m. Saturday.
No injuries were reported. A pet puppy survived, but another puppy, a cat and a bird did not survive, said Richard Laws' aunt, Judy Greene.
The mobile home, which Williamson said had been converted from single-wide to double-wide size, was about "50 percent involved" when firefighters arrived.
"One end of the home got put out," Williamson said.
Bobby Patrick is the owner, Williamson said.
In addition to the Sheriff's Department and firefighters from Mosheim and Midway, the Town of Mosheim Fire Department cascade unit was on the scene, along with Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services.
Damage to the mobile home totals about $15,000.
The American Red Cross is assisting the Laws family with temporary lodging. All of their possessions sustained smoke and water damage, Greene said.
Donations of clothing and other supplies are sought for the Laws family, said Greene, who is accepting the donations on their behalf.
Donations can be delivered to 120 Forest Lane in Mosheim.
Alternatively, Greene said individuals wishing to make a donation can call her to arrange for pickup.
Boy's and men's clothes is needed in the following sizes: shoes, sizes 10 and 10.5; pants, sizes 32/32, 30/30, and 34/32; and shirts, medium and large.
Girl's and women's clothes is needed in the following sizes: shoes, 8 and 8.5; pants, sizes 2 and 12; and, shirts, small and large.
Other supplies, such as towels, bedding, and other housewares are also needed.
None of the family's possessions were insured, Greene said.
To arrange to make a donation, please call Greene at 422-6838 or 552-8912.
Staff writer Sarah Gregory contributed to this report.