OAK GROVE, Tenn. – An homeowner narrowly escaped a fire, only leaving with the clothes he had on, as flames ravaged his Sumner County home Tuesday.
The fire broke out just after 11 a.m. in the 1600 block of Butler Mill Hollow Road in Oak Grove.
Charles Talley said he smelled smoke right after coming out of the shower. Talley tried calling 911 but his land line was dead because the power was out.
By the time Talley ran to the neighbor's house next door, the fire had spread throughout the home.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they said there wasn't any water at the nearest hydrant. Crews from other volunteer departments had to shuttle water into the area.
The home also had a shingle roof over a metal one. The fire gained ground in the void space, allowing it to spread and cause further damage.
Sumner County EMS said a firefighter was transported to Sumner Regional in Bethpage as a result of the fire. He was said to have sustained minor injuries.
The home was a total loss. Talley said he believes the fire started in a panel in the bathroom near his closet.