Cross Plains House Fire Under Investigation

Cross Plains House Fire Under Investigation

UPDATE 4/7/23: Following an investigation by the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, the fire has been determined to be accidental.

CROSS PLAINS TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A Cross Plains area home sustained heavy damage in an early morning fire that officials are calling suspicious.

The home is located in the 8300 block of Horseshoe Rd, the first call coming into 911 just after 3 am Tuesday morning. MAP

From the scene, we are learning that complexities with a metal roof over shingles made the fire difficult to access and extinguish. Firefighters worked to exhaustion trying to extinguish the fire that took almost two hours to fully contain. “We had to peel the roof back like a tin can to access the fire,” one official said. According to officials at the scene, a large portion of the fire damage was contained above the roofline allowing firefighters to preserve a significant portion of the home’s interior and belongings, saving about 50% of the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but according to officials at the scene, it appears that the fire penetrated the home via an attached outdoor fireplace or grill. Once inside, the fire made its way into the home’s attic. Cross Plains Fire Chief Tommy Jackson told Smokey Barn News that the mechanics of the fire are suspicious and he has asked for an investigation.

Everyone made it out of the home safely but the home will need significant repairs before it is livable again.  Firefighters from Cross Plains, Orlinda, the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department, the White House City Fire Department, the Springfield Fire Department, the Greenbrier Fire Department, Robertson County E.M.S., E.M.A., the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, and Sumner County Fire Buffs all responded to the call.

We are expecting more information as officials make their way through the investigation. As soon as they are prepared to release their findings, we will update this report.

UPDATE: The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that they did take one person into custody at the scene on drug-related charges.

Should the family decide to reach out to the community for assistance, we will bring it to you.

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