SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The home of Westmoreland’s mayor was destroyed by a fire late Thursday afternoon in Sumner County.
Mayor Jerry Kirkman was at work when the fire broke out just after 4 p.m. but his wife at home at the time.
She called the fire department before calling Kirkman, who said he knew it was gone since it was constructed of solid wood.
The home, purchased by the mayor in 1998, was built in 1899. It was a Southern Victorian home, all original, with seven bedrooms.
News 2 learned on the scene the home was filled with antiques from the 1700s and 1800s. All that’s left is a small stack of books.
Authorities said the fire was so hot, even the keys to their cars were gone. A fire engine even suffered damage from the heat, slightly melting the light bar.