They Saved His Life From Fire, Now The Home Ignites Again

They Saved His Life From Fire, Now The Home Ignites Again

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Sometimes you just can’t get a break. Last September a William Darden of Springfield, who turned 90 in January, was miraculously saved by local first responders after they pulled him from his burning home. Now, just weeks before he was set to move back in, another fire engulfed the home.

The home is located on 17th Ave W near Cheatham St. The first call came into 911 at 3:59 pm. MAP

Fire investigators are looking for the cause of the fire which remains unknown at the moment. Springfield Fire Chief Jeff Glodoski told Smokey Barn News that in his experience, it’s not that uncommon for fires to start during construction. Thankfully no one was inside the home at the time of the fire.

Chief Glodoski says that the home sustained about 20 percent fire damage to the back of the home and the attic. Investigators will know more in the morning. It appears that the main part of the house is intact other than smoke damage.

Glodoski said, though the fire is under investigation, he does not believe the fire is suspicious.

Back on December 27, 2021, Smokey Barn News was delighted to report that the resident (William Darden) had recovered enough from the fire in September to be home for Christmas.

With little regard for their own safety, last September, Springfield Firefighters ran into the burning home and pulled the Darden to safety. From there, Robertson County EMS took over. After a few tense moments and weeks of recovery, Darden was out of the hospital and spent Christmas with his family. CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX 17 all carried the report of William Darden’s remarkable rescue.

Darden made another milestone (thanks again to our first responders) on January 20th he turned 90. Successfully pulling the older gentleman from the burning home is a clear testament to the training and bravery of all of our First Responders.

Whan Smokey Barn News arrived at the scene that night back in September, smoke was billowing out from Darden’s home and he was laid out on the front lawn surrounded by medics. It was an incredible effort by the Springfield Fire Department, Robertson County EMS, the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency and the Springfield Police Department.

The first call came into 911 before 7 pm. A home on 17th Ave W near Cheatham St. had ignited and a man was trapped inside. MAP

Springfield Firefighters arrived quickly and after realizing that a man was trapped inside, they entered the burning structure and pulled the unconscious 89-year-old resident to safety. Robertson County EMS, with the aid of  Springfield Firefighters, Springfield Police, and the Emergency Management Agency, resuscitated the man on the front lawn of his home.

Officials at the scene told Smokey Barn News that the fire started in a back bedroom and quickly filled the home with smoke.

In addition to saving Mr. Darden, it was also a good stop for our local Firefighters. In the end, the home was still standing and officials were able to assist family members with the removal of several fragile items, however, the home did sustain about 40% internal fire/smoke/water and heat damage, officials said.

Darden’s family told Smokey Barn News that he was semiconscious for about two weeks after the ordeal but has been recovering nicely since. As Darden continues to recover, his home is being repaired. The two should reunite in late February if all continues to go well, his family said.

Smokey Barn News has added our original video report below. The report captures our courageous first responders as they treated Darden and carried him to safety.

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