Lifetime of memories lost in Tuesday fire

February 5, 2014

Thankfully, no one was hurt Tuesday night when an unoccupied trailer was completely destroyed in a fire on Little Vine Road in Carroll County. But unfortunately, a lifetime of memories was lost for a Carroll County woman still dealing with the recent deaths of her sister and mother.

According to Mike Musser of the Hillsville Fire Department, crews responded to a fire at an unoccupied trailer at 2898 Little Vine Road, near the intersection of Whitetown Road.

“The owner, Valentina Quesenberry Lawson, stated that the trailer had belonged to her mother who had passed away last year,” Musser said. “The trailer had no power connected to it, and the cause is undetermined. The trailer was fully involved upon the fire department’s arrival, and members worked to protect the adjoining structures.”

Musser said the trailer was a total loss. Hillsville Fire Department received assistance from Barren Springs Fire Department with tankers supplying water.

Lawson’s mother, who previously lived in the home, passed away Sept. 4, 2012. A month later, Lawson’s sister became ill before passing away the day after Christmas in 2013. Still dealing with those losses, Lawson said she still hadn’t been quite ready to take care of things in the house.

“Mom passed away a year ago last September and I hadn’t had the nerve to go in and change anything or do anything. It was like losing mom again, all our pictures, my diploma, seeing her clothes falling off the hanger. It was devastating. It was the only home I have ever known. It was a mobile home, it wasn’t much, but it was my childhood.”

Lawson lives right beside the destroyed mobile home and other relatives live alongside the home as well. She said she saw the flames and called 911, but the structure was already fully engulfed within five minutes by the time fire crews arrived on the scene.

As a single parent, Lawson said she let the insurance go on the mobile home because she couldn’t afford to keep the insurance policy.

“But even insurance can’t bring back the memories we lost - the pictures, antiques, sentimental belongings and things you can’ get back,” Lawson said. “It was hard watching everything melt and fall to the ground. It was like reliving a death again.”