Trousdale County House Destroyed By Fire
by Emily Luxen
HARTSVILLE, Tenn. – A Trousdale County family lost everything when their historic home burned to the ground Wednesday afternoon.
The fire started around 1 p.m. at the home on 1100 Highway 141 North, about four miles north of Hartsville. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.
The house was more than 100 years old, and firefighters said the fire spread quickly.
"We had heavy involvement both on the first floor and the second floor on our arrival and set up," said Mark Beeler, Assistant Chief of the Hartsville-Trousdale Volunteer Fire Department.
Several crews were called to the scene, but they were unable to keep the flames from consuming the house. Wednesday evening, only a charred frame of the home remained.
The owners were not home when the fire started. A pipe had burst at the home, and after shutting off power to the home, the owners went into town to get supplies to fix the pipe. When the power was cut off, a wood furnace equipped with an electric blower overheated and started the fire. When the owners returned home about 30 minutes later their house was engulfed in flames.
"It's a tragic loss," said Beeler. "The community will rally around them and try and provide some things they need in the short run."
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.