MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Pulaski Highway in Culleoka was down to one lane while Maury County Emergency Services worked to put out a structure fire’s remaining hot spots.
The Maury County Fire Department received a call at 2:45 a.m. for a fire at a home near the intersection of Stiversville Road, about 12 miles south of Columbia.
Flames were coming from the backside of the home when crews arrived. Three units responded to the fire, and Giles County was called for aid with tankers and manpower.
Everyone inside the home at the time of the fire escaped without injury, but the home was destroyed. The Red Cross is helping the homeowners.
“There’s a lot of damage to the backside of the house, and this other side right here, beside the front. and heavy damage to the backside, second floor. The front area is just a lot of water damage, a lot of smoke damage,” said Assistant Chief Jose Periut.
Firefighters told News 2 they believe the blaze started in the laundry room of the home before spreading to other areas near the back of the house.
The location posed some problems to fire crews battling the flames. They told News 2’s First Alert Unit on scene that the nearest fire hydrant was a few miles down the road, so they had to transport water on a truck.
“This is an everyday thing for us. We’re used to not having hydrants out in the county because we’re a rural service. And we have several tankers throughout the county, and that’s what we rely on. But it still is a challenge for us,” said Periut.
Crews will likely be out on that scene for at least a couple more hours watching for any hot spots to flare up.
“We’re trying to stay out of it because there’s a lot of load where it’s collapsed into the second floor. We don’t really want to put anybody in it,” said Periut.