A fire last Thursday night partially burned a home and destroyed its garage apartment in the Bald Rock Knob development.
Cashiers-Glenville Fire Chief Randy Dillard said no one was in the Sapphire community house, at 126 Panthertown Trail, when the fire started.
Investigators do not suspect arson.
“There was a fully involved car in the garage on fire that we are going to start looking at as a source,” he said. “For the most part, we kept the fire out of the main part of the house, but there is a lot of smoke damage.”
An apartment above the garage was ablaze when firefighters from Cashiers-Glenville arrived, Dillard said.
“We also had personnel from Toxaway and Highlands,” he said. “Cullowhee was our first mutual aid and then we special-called Sylva and Canada for some more manpower, it was so hot.”
At almost the exact time the house fire call came in, Cashiers-Glenville fire personnel had to send two trucks to handle a tree on a power line on Chipmunk Trail in Glenville.
The car in the garage was a Toyota. It was towed in for examination on Monday. It was not a plug-in electric, Dillard said.
The call came in at about 6:15 p.m. and firefighters had it fully under control by 10:30 p.m.
A private alarm company reported a fire alarm at the residence to 911 dispatchers.
“Then they called back and said they were getting multiple alarms from the house, which is never a good thing,” Dillard said.
The homeowners, Eric and Betty Leathers of Atlanta, had been at the home in the gated community a few days before, he said. The house, valued at $962,000 according to Jackson County tax records, sits on 3.76 acres with a tax value of $300,000.
Dillard estimated damage to the home at $400,000.