Early morning fires gutted a home and destroyed a barn off Vaughn Road in Hickory Flat this morning, according to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. Firefighters were dispatched to the fires at approximately 4:15 a.m., when a neighbor reported that she could see the buildings at 5762 Vaughn Road “fully involved” behind her house, a CCFES news release said.

“Engine 23 was dispatched to the scene and arrived minutes later to find fire coming from two separate structures, a single-story house and a neighboring barn,” the release said. “According to Cherokee County Fire Investigator, Shane Daniel, it is uncertain at this time as to which started first and if one fire was responsible for the other.”

Vaughn Road was completely shut down until 7 a.m., when one lane reopened, CCFES spokesman Tim Cavender said.

Calls to 911 reported one female resident of the home was able to escape without injury. The American Red Cross responded to assist the resident, and there were no other reports of injury.

Two vehicles housed in a carport on the property – a truck and a vintage car – were also destroyed, according to the release.

The cause of the fires are under investigation.

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