Fire Destroys Home In Sylvan Heights

Posted at 6:31 AM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 09:47:45-04

A home in the Sylvan Heights neighborhood of Nashville was destroyed after a fire rekindled during the early morning hours. 

Officials with the Nashville Fire Department said this was the second fire reported at the home on Chamberlin Street within the last 12 hours. 

The first call came in around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, while the second was reported before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The blaze was so large that neighbors described it as “glowing.”

“Our dog started barking and my girlfriend jumped out of bed. We just looked out the window and it was bright, orange flames,” said neighbor Randy Hunt. 

The home’s roof collapsed and it took firefighters more than an hour to put out the flames

A neighboring tree also caught fire and the intense heat melted the siding on the home next door.

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“Firefighters had difficulty entering due to the fire load on the inside,” District Chief Daryl Davis said. “Debris, furniture, clothes, everything just piled eight feet up.”

One firefighter was treated at the scene for dehydration. 

The cause of the fire was under investigation. The homeowners were not home at the time the second fire broke out. 

The residents had lived at the home for 25 years and said they are devastated. Their two cats died in the fire.