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Two Buildings Destroyed, Home Damaged in Brush Fire
Photo credit: WJBF News
web posted March 11, 2013
COUNTY LINE – A Waters Edge
Drive home was
damaged and two other structures, including a Mother-in-Law Suite, were
destroyed in a fire Sunday around 4:30 pm. The home, mother-in-law
suite, and a shed were all log cabin structures. The first firefighter
on the scene reported one of the structures "fully involved" and the
others, including the home, were actively afire. The fire brought
firefighters from three departments to the scene.
Due to the home being located in the woods with a long narrow one lane
driveway, firefighters coordinated a "water shuttle" to the trucks at
the home through a dropped water line down the driveway from the Waters
Edge Drive entrance. Tanker trucks from County Line, Merriwether, and
Sage Mill Fire Departments kept a continuous flow of much needed water
as the fire spread.
Brush trucks were also used in an area west of the home as a brush fire
threatened to spread to a nearby residence. A US Forestry unit was also
called to plow a firebreak to contain the brush fire.
When the fire was extinguished; the outbuilding was burnt to the ground
the mother-in-law cabin was standing but gutted and considered a total
loss, and the home received minor to moderate damage to the exterior on
one side of the home and was otherwise intact.
The fire is believed to have been caused by a burn pile of debris on
Saturday near the structures. Thinking the fire was out it was left
unattended on Sunday and as the winds picked up it rekindled and spread
to the three structures and the woods surrounding the home and
Fire crews remained on the scene until 7 pm, with many departing the
scene around 6:30 pm. No one was home at the time of the fire. A
neighbor called 911 to make the initial report.
Two other brush fires were reported earlier on Sunday, one in the
Northside and a second in Johnston.
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