Orlinda City Manager And Dog Escape Home Fire
ORLINDA TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Orlinda City Manager Kevin Breeding was sound asleep when the faint sound of a smoke detector buzzing woke him up and likely saved his life.
Breeding got up and opened the door to his bedroom and was hit by a wall of smoke. According to Breeding, the smoke, from the ceiling, came down to his chest. He wasted no time, he grabbed a cell phone, the dog and ran out the door without even stopping to shoes or a jacket. As Breeding ran for the exit he could see the kitchen was engulfed in a fireball.
The home is located near Hwy 49 and Brewer Rd. MAP The call came into 911 an 10:52 pm on Tuesday evening.
Firefighters from Orlinda, Cross Plains, Springfield, and the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department responded quickly and stopped the fire from spreading.
According to Orlinda Fire Chief Dusty Johnson, about 85% of the home is intact however there is heavy smoke damage through and modest water damage but the home will need considerable repairs before it will be livable again.
Fire Chief Johnson said that Breeding is alive because of two things, he kept the door to his bedroom closed and he had working smoke detectors. Breeding, who has lived in the home since 2011, said there was no question that the smoke detector saved his life. “There’s no doubt about that,” Breeding said.
Breeding said he has a fire extinguisher but he knew it would be no help against the big ball of fire. As far as a cause of the fire, Chief Johnson was leaning towards a possible stove malfunction.
Breeding has been the City Manager for Orlinda for 19 years.
The Orlinda Fire Department, Cross Plains Fire, the Springfield Fire Department, Robertson County EMS, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency all responded to the call.
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