Authorities say they are uncertain about the cause of a fire which destroyed a mobile home used for storage Tuesday afternoon east of Palestine.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said the blaze in the 2200 block of CR 3961 was reported to authorities at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday.

The mobile home was “fully engulfed” upon the arrival of sheriff’s deputy Gerald Kerr, according to the sheriff.

“This is half of a mobile home used as a storage building,” Taylor said. “Nobody lived in it.”

The sheriff was uncertain of the type of items stored in the mobile home.

Taylor said there was no electricity or other utilities hooked to the mobile home.

“We don’t know yet,” said Taylor when asked about the possible cause of the blaze. “I’m sure (reserve sheriff’s deputy) Bill Yearout will go take a look at it and try to figure out what started it.”

The fire was discovered by “the brother of the owner who lives nearby and heard some popping noises,” according to the sheriff.

The structure -- which was valued at $1,000 -- was not insured, Taylor added.

The 84 East, Southside and Slocum volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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