Cross Plains Area Home Suffers Heavy Damage In Thursday Fire

Cross Plains Area Home Suffers Heavy Damage In Thursday Fire (Sparked By Dry Grass)

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A Cross Plains area home Suffered heavy damage in a raging fire that officials are blaming (at least in part) on very dry conditions in Robertson County.

The home is located on Gum Station Rd, which is perched in the center between Cross Plains, Greenbrier, and Springfield. MAP

According to Cross Plains Fire Chief Tommy Jackson, a resident of the home was burning cardboard in a bricked-off fire pit when the very dry conditions along with today’s wind pushed the fire onto the grass and from there an adjacent structure. The fire then leaped to the home leaving the outbuilding destroyed and about 50% of the main home torched by fire.

From there the fire tried to make its way to an adjacent wooded area but firefighters from Cross Plains, Orlinda, Greenbrier and the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department got it under control.

The Robertson County Emergency Management Agency was on scene and notified the Tennessee E.M.A. requesting state resources like the Tennessee Forestry Department Of Agriculture who were called in as a precaution in case a firebreak was needed to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjacent wooded area.

Officials told Smokey Barn News that during dry conditions the danger for grass fires is the same regardless of the temperature. With the dry conditions right now in Robertson County, citizens should be just as careful as they would be in the dead of summer.

Though several family members were at home at the time of the fire, everyone made it out safely.

One of the family members spoke to Smokey Barn News at the scene. He told us that the house means nothing compared to the safety of his family and he’s just happy that everyone made it out safely.

The Tennessee Forestry Department Of Agriculture, Cross Plains Fire, Orlinda Fire, Greenbrier Fire, the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department, the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency and Robertson County EMS all responded to the call.

This is now the fourth fire in Robertson County in as many days. MORE

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