ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Local fire departments responded to several fires over the weekend. Most were small brush fires but two did put a demand on local resources and a Portland man was hospitalized from burns he received in a home fire Sunday evening. One of the fires triggered a brief evacuation after a gas line ruptured and ignited.
On Saturday afternoon a small burn pile got out of control on South Mt. Pleasant Rd in Greenbrier MAP and the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene to extinguish the fire.
Gas leak– Click image to see video from the White House Volunteer Fire Department.
Though the fire affected less than an acre, the flames found there way to an exposed gas line. (See video below) According to Fire Chief Joe Williams with the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department, the gas line, made of a plastic material, had become exposed over time due to erosion. Chief Williams believes the exposed pipe was damaged by the fire and started to leak and then ignited.
Flames shot a few feet into the air and there was no shut-off near by. According to Chief Williams, Piedmont Natural Gas had to bring in a construction crew to literally dig the line up and repair it.
Piedmont Gas cut the line and added a valve which allowed them to turn off the feed to the ruptured line. After the leak was turned off, Piedmont Gas was able to make the repair. According to Chief Williams, several homes near by were evacuated for about two hours as a precautionary measure. The Greenbrier Fire Department was called in to assist as was the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency.
PHOTO: Millersville Fire Department
Later in the afternoon, the Millersville Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire at 5:01 P.M. The structure is located on Atlas Powder Rd in Goodlettsville and belonged to Orica USA. (MAP)
A seasoned firefighter, Captain Loy with the Millersville Fire Department lived near by, noticed smoke and called it in.
A modular office building located at an explosives storage facility had ignited, Chief Williams said. Fortunately the explosives were located in another location on the property and there was never any danger.
The Goodlettsville Fire Department was also called in to assist with the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the front conference room of the building but the rest of the building sustained heavy smoke and heat damage.
Millersville Fire would like to thank the Millersville Police, Sumner County Ambulance Service, and the Goodlettsville Fire for their assistance.
On Sunday evening, a Portland man was transported to an area hospital after receiving burns when his home caught fire.
The home is located in the 300 block of Hwy 109 MAP and officials at the scene told Smokey Barn News that the damage to the home was minimal. Firefighters were on the scene for just about an hour.
According to officials at the scene the cause of the fire, though still under investigation, is being considered accidental.
The Portland Fire department, Portland Police and Sumner County EMS all responded to the call. If we are able to get an update on the man’s condition we will bring it to you.
Below is a video taken at the scene of the brush fire and gas leak on South Mt Pleasant Rd provided by the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department. Below that are photos from the Millersville fire.