Fire Destroys Clarksville Home, Family of 5 Displaced
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A family of five is without a home, after a fire ripped through theirs and left behind only a charred frame.
The fire started around 2 p.m. Thursday at the home on 796 Colin Court in east Clarksville.
Officials said the fire started on the second floor of the home and spread to the first.
18-year-old Bailey Ward was the only member of the family home at the time of the fire. She heard an odd sound, then saw smoke, and rushed out of the house to call 911. She was not injured.
"I assumed the worst," said Bailey Ward. "Sure enough our home was on fire. I called my mom and dad to tell them to come home."
When crews arrived on scene the house was fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly, and credited Bailey's quick thinking for that.
The home sustained major damage and was a total loss. It lost most of the roof and a majority of the interior, which appeared to be gutted.
The fire also spread to the homes on either side, causing minor damage. Witnesses and firefighters agreed it could have been much worse.
"Things can kind of go from a bad to a worse situation, that is what we were looking at at first, ff did a good job at keeping it at one home, I want to commend them on that," said Clarksville Fire Marshall Ray Williams.
Firefighters are still working to determine what caused the fire.
The American Red Cross was called in to help the family find a temporary place to stay.
Officials said crews would monitor the hotspots throughout the night.
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:52 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:52:56 GMT
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