Franklin Family of Four Loses House to Fire

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

Firefighters say it was too late to save a Simpson County home by the time they arrived this morning.

The homeowners reminisced about their dream home, as they watched it burn to the ground.

An 80-year-old disabled woman, a fifteen-year-old special needs girl, and her mother all escaped the fire that became visible in the master bathroom of this house this morning.

The homeowner says he left for work around 6:30, and fifteen minutes later, he received a life-changing call from his wife.

Their house was in flames, but her elderly mother and daughter were safe.

"As the entry team was attempting to force the door fire lapped out of the front wall of the house to the rear of that entry team. At that moment we had to back out and call a defensive attack," says Franklin Fire Chief Mark Halcomb.

The house was fully engulfed in flames, and fire fighters were forced to fight the blaze from the outside.

"Indications are that the fire was far more advanced than the occupants realized. The fire presented itself in or about the bathroom to them, but all indications are that we had fire well established and rapidly growing above and beyond their point of view," Chief Halcomb says.

The homeowners say they built the nearly 6,000 square foot house nine years ago, and it quickly became their labor of love.

"When we are presented with fire of this magnitude that prevents our entry to the house, it substantially impacts our ability to control and extinguish in a timely manner," Chief Halcomb says.

And now, the family says their dream home will be rebuilt.

Chief Halcomb says a fire marshall should be at the house Friday to determine what caused the fire.

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