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Strong Winds Believed Culprit For House Fires

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by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Neighboring homes in the Crieve Hall area got two visits from Nashville firefighters on Thursday night.

Strong wind gusts are believed to have triggered a chain reaction fire at the homes on Overton Road near Rochelle Drive.

Firefighters said wind gusts blowing power lines connected to the home caused electricity to flow back into the homes and overload the electrical boxes - causing them to smolder.

Damage is not believed to be major, but longtime firefighters said this kind of fire is common during severe weather.

"In 28 years on the Nashville Fire Department, I have seen this kind of thing before in this kind of weather," said Joel Sanders. "Usually it relates to a lightning strike but we have not had that sort of activity."

Firefighters were called back to the homes around 9:30 p.m. because of more smoldering.

No one was hurt.

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