Lascassas Fire Chief Trey Nunley told WGNS News, that a Rutherford County family of 10 escaped with only the pajamas they were wearing when fire engulfed their home early Saturday. The home at 7432 Halls Hill Pike was a total loss.
David and Cassandra Ellis and their eight children ages 15 to 2 fled the house about 3:15AM.
Chief Nunley said, “They got out with their lives and that was it. They didn’t have time to grab anything else. They’ve lost everything.”
A cherished Great Dane and other dog are missing.
The American Red Cross responded to provide the family with temporary accommodations and basic needs. A church group is trying to help the family. Reports indicate they have some insurance, but are uncertain how much coverage they have.
“Their basic essentials are needed right now,” Nunley said.
People who want to help the family are asked to call Chaplain Jeff Fuqua at the Lascassas Volunteer Fire Department. The phone number is 615-410-6637.
Lascassas and Kittrell Volunteer Fire Departments arrived within 10 minutes to find flames throughout the home. Firefighters had to shuttle water from the closest hydrant three miles away. They were on the scene about six hours.
Cause of the fire is unknown, but it appears accidental. The fire will be under routine investigation by the fire departments and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.