High winds make it difficult to extinguish fire; White House home destroyed

Courtesy: Smokey Barn News
Courtesy: Smokey Barn News

WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (WKRN) – High winds made it difficult for fire crews to extinguish a massive house fire in White House Tuesday afternoon.

When crews arrived to the Highway 76 home, which was built in the 1930s, it was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters has to haul in water with tankers since there was no nearby hydrant.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

“By the time she grabbed her baby and went to the back [of the house] by the carport, she said the fire was already coming over the top of the roof through the house,” said Captain Bryan Dolash.

Crews told News 2 the extremely windy conditions made it extremely difficult to put out the massive fire.

“Wind was a big factor. The wind fed the fire and made it burn faster than normal,” Dolash explained. “The wind had blown the fire past the house and got into the woods behind the hose.”

Courtesy: Smokey Barn News
Courtesy: Smokey Barn News

Authorities believe the fire started on the home’s porch, and the renter said she tried to put it out with a pot of water.

A cause was not immediately known and the fire remains under investigation.

The home was completely destroyed, as well as a pickup truck and a car. No injuries were reported.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN