Cabin Fire in Pigeon Forge Promotes Need for Sprinkler System

Cabin Fire in Pigeon Forge Promotes Need for Sprinkler SystemCabin rentals should equate to family fun and relaxation. However, in recent news, a cabin fire broke out in Pigeon Forge, burning the cabin into rubble and causing 25 family members to evacuate. While this enforces the need for proper, updated sprinkler systems to be in place, Pigeon Forge Cabin Rental Insurance can help mitigate financial risk and promote safety for your tenants.

The fire broke out around 7:10 p.m. on October 19th. What started as a chimney fire soon turned into a blaze, burning down the cabin and two close by homes in the process. The Miller family was hosting a family reunion with twenty-five members who were visiting the cabin in Pigeon Forge.

Although firefighters arrived on scene immediately, they were unable to contain the flames. However, Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson stated “We had 11 different departments there, about 50 firefighters.” Approximately 30,000 gallons were used to extinguish the blaze which was trucked in from the homeowner’s association.

While all of the tenants were evacuated safely, the safety regulations of the cabins are now brought into question. Older homes are not equipped with the most recent home safety fire regulations.

“The new standard says in every sleeping area and on every level of the home, so if it was built in 2002, it would not have been up to the current code level,” Watson commented on the need for smoke detectors on each floor and bedroom.

Moreover, ABC 6  Wate said that newer codes also say rental cabins need sprinkler systems, but older cabins are grandfathered into that one, as well.

In order to reduce the risk of fire in your next vacation cabin stay, request information from the owners about the fire safety and which safety mechanisms are already in place. Further, consult with the rental property owner about adding the necessary equipment.

Although all of the family’s belongings were ruined in the fire, the Red Cross has been contacted for assistance. Moreover, the cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation.

At Barnes Insurance Agency, we specialize in cabin insurance. We understand the perils involved with renting your home out to tenants which is why our comprehensive packages include a variety of coverages to protect you while renting your cabin. To learn more, contact us today at (866) 733-5424.



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