Loudon County firefighters battled more than flames

Loudon County firefighters battled more than flames at house fire

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"After that first explosion the garage pretty much became engulfed in flames within just a few minutes," Loudon County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Michael Hodge said. "After that first explosion the garage pretty much became engulfed in flames within just a few minutes," Loudon County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Michael Hodge said.

LOUDON (WATE) - Firefighters in Loudon County were battling more than just flames at a house fire Thursday night.    

The fire broke out at a house on White Road near New Providence Baptist Church just before 8:00pm. Firefighters say when they got on the scene thick black smoke was pouring from the garage.

The homeowner told firefighters he had live ammunition and a large amount of gun powder in the garage. Moments later there was a large explosion. That's when Loudon county firefighters called Lenoir City and Philadelphia firefighters for backup.    

The flames were so intense firefighters had to go on the defensive.

"After that first explosion the garage pretty much became engulfed in flames within just a few minutes. There was a second explosion and within two or three minutes after that. The house was 75 percent involved," Loudon County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Michael Hodge said.

The home is considered a total loss. The Red Cross is now assisting the homeowners. They were home at the time of the fire. No one was hurt.

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