fisher creek fire james moore

Property owner James Moore died in a fire at 44 Labor Day Drive off of Dills Branch. He was the lone occupant when the blaze occurred, according to Sylva Fire Chief Mike Beck.

By Dave Russell


A Sylva man died when a Friday evening fire tore through his mobile home in the Fisher Creek area.

Property owner James Moore was the only occupant of the trailer at 44 Labor Day Drive when a fire broke out in the living room, Sylva Fire Chief Mike Beck said.

The call came in shortly after 7 p.m.

The cause of the fire is “undetermined” at this time. The State Bureau of Investigation is involved, standard procedure when a fire results in a fatality, Beck said.

The trailer was a total loss.

“The fire was already through the roof by the time we got there,” Beck said. “So really, the guy had no chance. We had it under control in about 20 minutes or so from the time we arrived on the scene. Of course that was too late for him. I think he was gone before we got there. It was a bad deal. He just didn’t get out for whatever reason.”

A neighbor told fire personnel Moore would probably be in the house, Beck said. 

The man’s dog escaped the house and ran away but came back Saturday.

“We assume the dog was in there with him, the neighbor said it usually was,” Beck said. 

In addition to Sylva, units from the Balsam, Savannah and Cullowhee fire departments were on the scene, as was Harris EMS, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Emergency Management, the N.C. Highway Patrol and the SBI.

“We really appreciate everybody who helped us,” Beck said.

According to Jackson County tax records, Moore owned the home and the .29 acre lot. The home and land were valued at about $35,000.