Fire Destroys Historic Williamson County Home

Fire Destroys Historic Williamson County Home

CREATED Jan 29, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Fire destroyed a historic Williamson County home early Wednesday morning.

The fire burned for hours after it broke out at the 8,000 square foot home on Old Natchez Trace in Franklin. The couple who lives there woke up around midnight and smelled smoke.

Emergency and fire crews responded, but had a tough time getting water due to a long driveway lined with trees. Volunteer firefighters also responded, but only a couple of hoses could be used at a time.

Water was pumped from an engine at the beginning of the driveway, but the cold weather made it hard for firefighters.

Fire crews talked with the homeowners, and decided to let it burn since they were unable to fight it.

Officials said the fire started in the basement, quickly burned up to the attic, and eventually came through the roof. They said that it spread quickly since the home was built in the 1800s, and did not have fire stops.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

No one was hurt.