Massive Fire Destroys Riverside Farms Building

Massive Fire Destroys Riverside Farms Building 

Springfield/Ashburn TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A large Riverside Farms equipment and shop building is a total loss after a raging fire tore through the structure early Sunday morning.

The roughly 100×50 Riverside Farms building, owned by the Fuqua family, is located on the corner of Ashburn Rd and Old Church Rd in an area outside Springfield the locals refer to as Ashburn. MAP

The massive fire started just after 12 am Sunday morning. According to Fire Chief Chad Gregory with North Robertson Fire & Rescue, the building was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

There was only one person, doing mechanic work, inside an older part of the building when the fire started, officials said. He told fire officials that he stepped out to wash his hands and heard something pop. He turned around, looked up and saw fire in the ceiling, leaving investigators to believe the fire may have been caused by an electrical issue.

The Fuqua family told Smokey Barn News that employees and family members were able to evacuate some equipment and vehicles away from the structure before the entire building was engulfed in flames but a lot of equipment was lost. Farming equipment and tools for competitive pulling tractors and trucks were all lost in the fire, including one competitive Pull Truck.

According to Chief Gregory, the building also contained racing fuel for pulling trucks and tractors as well as diesel fuel and drums of oil. Neighbors reported hearing loud explosions as the tanks of oil and fuel exploded.

According to Chief Gregory, the fire is being labeled as accidental. No one was injured in the fire.

According to the Fuqua family, they grow tobacco, wheat, corn, and beans, to name a few.

Several Robertson County agencies were called in to battle the blaze including, North Robertson Fire And Rescue, the Orlinda Fire Department, Adams Fire and the Adairville Fire Department was called in from Kentucky. Robertson County EMS, the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency, and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.

This was one of two fires Saturday night in Robertson County. An outbuilding just outside of Springfield is a total loss after a massive fire engulfed the structure but firefighters were able to save an adjacent home. FULL STORY

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