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An early-morning fire in Franklin County started near the furnace.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
A fire started by a furnace destroyed a family’s home in Boones Mill early Friday morning.
Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell said crews were called to the blaze shortly before 12:30 a.m. and found a two-story house on Rocky Top Lane on fire.
The house, which had an uphill driveway, presented a challenge for firefighters. Russell said it took four trucks and nearly half a mile of hoses to pump water from the nearest fire hydrant to the house.
Crews contained the fire in about an hour, but remained on the scene until 5 a.m.
Six people inside the house — a husband and wife, another adult and three children — escaped unharmed, Russell said, but the home will likely be a total loss.
He said the fire started with the heating appliance and spread to the second floor. In addition to the home’s contents, three cars that were in the garage were also lost to the blaze.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family. A spokeswoman said the organization will provide financial assistance, meals, clothing and lodging.
— Zach Crizer
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