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Rural Davidson County House Destroyed By Fire

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A house in a remote part of Davidson County was destroyed in an overnight fire. Crews were unable to reach the home with their large fire trucks.

The fire started just after midnight Sunday at a home on Garland Hollow Road west of Nashville, just inside the Davidson/Cheatham county line.

When firefighters arrived on scene they said the blaze was heavily involved.

District Chief George Hickey with the Nashville Fire Department said their large tanker trucks had to avoid an old, weak bridge that couldn't support the weight.

"The engines out here are big 2,000 gallon trucks, so we can't get an engine back in there," said Hickey.

The nearest fire hydrant was a quarter to half-mile away from the home. They were forced to shuttle water from the hydrant to as close as they could get, and ran hand lines from there to the home. 

Officials said running a hand line would run through the 2,000 gallons within about 10 minutes. Crews tried to pull water from a runoff creek but could not get the pressure they needed. 

"Luckily everything around it was wet because of all the rain that came through," said Hickey.

First responders were not sure if anyone was inside the home, but were ready to respond if anyone was home.

"One of the guys at the far end of the house got on the shoulders of another guy and looked in just to make if anything was in there that could have possibly been living," said Hickey.

He said there were able to verify that no one was inside the home.

Investigators were unsure if anyone lived at the home.

There were initial concerns about a 500-gallon propane tank on the property, but Hickey said the flames did not threaten the tank.

A recreational vehicle behind the house caught on fire due to the heat radiation coming from the home, but crews were able to put it out.

The house was a total loss.

Hickey said getting water to the fire was a challenge.

"It's a beautiful lot back in here, but you give up something to get something. Living out here in the country one of the things you give up is water and access by big fire engines," said Hickey.

There were no injuries.

An estimate on the cost of damages was not available.

Investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire.

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