Cross Plains Area Home Engulfed In Flames Early Sunday

Orlinda Area Home Engulfed In Flames Early Sunday

Cross Plains Area Home Engulfed In Flames Early Sunday


CROSS PLAINS, TENNESSEE: A structure fire carrying a Cross Plains address at the midpoint between Orlinda and Cross Plains has triggered a multi-agency response.

The structure, a home, is located on Rippy Road near East Robertson Road, the first call came into 911 just before 2:00 a.m. MAP Firefighters arrived to find the entire back of the home engulfed in flames.

The Cross Plains Department, along with the Orlinda Fire Fire Department, the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department, the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency, and Robertson County EMS, have all mobilized to the scene.

As of 2:14 a.m., firefighters are actively working to bring the fire under control. Motorists in the area are advised to watch for first responders and drive with caution.

Reportally a passerby noticed the fire and woke the family.

UPDATE: Cross Plains Fire Chief Tommy Jackson tells Smokey Barn News that the likely cause of the fire was a barbecue grill on the back deck. The family told officials that they had finished using the grill around 9:00 p.m. At some point, the grill either fell over or became breached, leaking hot coals onto the deck. From there, the fire spread across the deck and eventually into the home and the attic. It took several hours for the fire to make its way from the grill to the house, Jackson said.

Josh Covington, who was heading home from a derby in Kentucky, drove by the house and noticed the glow. He woke the family, likely saving their lives. The home is a total loss.

PHOTOS: James Blair, Ariel Video Cross Plains Fire Department

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