Weather Keeps Local Firefighters Busy….

Weather keeps firefighters busy….

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Smokey Barn News
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Robertson County, Tenn.

Historic Weather Keeps Local Firefighters Busy….

See a special message from County Mayor, Howard Bradley below…

The frigid temps, snow and ice have kept firefighters in Pleasant View and all across Robertson County very busy the last couple of days.

SledWreckPV2The snow and cold temperatures have caused weather related accidents on the interstate as well as other state and county roadways over the last few days in the county. Luckily there are no reports of fatalities on the icy roads and residents have been heeding advisories to stay at home if at all possible.

Robertson County Schools have been closed this week due the poor road conditions and frigid temperatures. With that free time the kids are out having fun on sleds and 4 wheelers.  Tuesday afternoon on Stroudville Rd in Cedar Hill a 7 year old child was airlifted to Vanderbilt via LifeFlight with serious injuries sustained from an accident involving a sled and an ATV. If you are riding ATV’s in this weather please be careful and wear your helmet, it may save your life.

At 6:57pm Tuesday evening Pleasant View Fire responded to a residential home fire on West Stroudsville Rd (Location of fire).  According to fire officials, the back of the home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at the home.

House firePVAll of the occupants were out of the home when firefighters arrived but the homeowner indicated there were dogs still inside the home. The fire department made progress on the fire but was unable to keep it under control due to the lack of water in that area.

Water was being shuttled from Hwy 41-A (which was the nearest fire hydrant), along with the icy roads this made it impossible to keep enough water on the scene to battle the blaze.  The home was a total loss along with the pets inside.

The residents of the home, Reggie and Robyn Gist, did get out but Reggie was
transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation, according to a neighbor. He was later released.

Across Robertson County there have been several small contained home fires and strangely enough a good number of grass fires. It’s counter intuitive to worry about grass and brush fires with the snow, ice and low temperatures but the reality is the air is very dry creating favorable conditions for grass and brush fires. It’s important to be just as cautious as you would be in the dead of summer even if it’s only 9 degrees outside. Chief P. J. Duncan with the Pleasant View Fire Department says they have the least grass fires in the dead of summer. A cold blade of grass burns just as fast as a warm one.

Emergency response teams all across Robertson County are working around the clock in some very difficult circumstances with the severe weather we are having and many of them, like the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, are volunteers. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, especially as we potentially hit -10 degrees tonight. (Weather)

The Springfield water department has made some recommendations to help prevent pipes from freezing. Freezing pipes can cost home and business owners thousands in repair costs when just a few simple tips can prevent it. Click here to learn how to protect your home.

See a special message from County Mayor, Howard Bradley

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