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Mother, 3 Children Escape Antioch House Fire

Posted at 6:32 AM, Mar 10, 2016

A mother and her three children were able to escape their Antioch home after a fire broke out inside. 

PHOTOS: Crews Battle Antioch House Fire

The blaze happened at a residence in the 12400 block of Old Hickory Boulevard, not far from Murfreesboro Pike, before 6 a.m. Thursday.

According to a preliminary investigation, the fire began in the attic and was apparently started by an electric short caused by a squirrel or rodent.

When crews arrived on the scene, the structure was nearly fully involved. Sky 5 flew over the home and showed heavy smoke and flames billowing. 

Officials said a mother and her three children were home at the time but were able to make it out. They said they're just lucky to be alive. 

Crews said the flames took more than an hour to put out. No injuries were reported.

The home was considered a total loss. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the family. 

A gofundme account has been set up to help the family. To donate, click here.