Jefferson County home goes up in flames

Jefferson County home goes up in flames

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Because no fire hydrants were nearby, water had to be brought in by tankers and then pumped to extinguish the flames. Because no fire hydrants were nearby, water had to be brought in by tankers and then pumped to extinguish the flames.

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - A home went up in flames early Wednesday morning in Jefferson County near Douglas Lake.

The fire was reported just before 3:15 a.m. in the 3200 block of Caywood Road.

When crews arrived flames could be seen coming from the home. It was a total loss.

Chestnut Hill Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Steve Shults said the homeowner was home when the fire started, but made it out safely after being alerted by a smoke detector.

Because no fire hydrants were nearby, water had to be brought in by tankers and then pumped to extinguish the flames. Five fire companies from surrounding fire districts assisted in shuttling water and fighting the flames.

The official cause is not yet known, but Shults said the fire apparently started in the fireplace. The homeowner had been burning a fire there earlier in the evening.

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