Shortly after 9:00 o'clock Sunday evening (2/2/2014), fire units from Rutherford and Bedford Counties rushed to a structure fire on Newtown Road near the Bedford County line. Approaching units reported that the sky was bright orange. They also noted that the roads were curvy and extremely slick. It was raining and temps were near the freezing mark.
The first responder on the scene described the Rutherford County home as fully involved and that there was a 500-gallon propane tank within 200-feet of the burning structure.
Early reports showed the residents were not at home when the blaze began, but there was concern that the flames were spreading to a nearby barn.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Chief Larry Farley told WGNS News that they sent 3 engines and 12 firefighters. Plus, Eagleville also sent an engine and 5 firefighters to the home. Rutherford County units backed up the Unionville Fire Department at this blaze on the Bedford County line.
In addition, units from the Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services, the EMS Special Operations, and Rutherford County Sheriffs Office also responded to the fire.
Units were dispatched to the scene at 9:11 Sunday night (2/2/2014), and stayed on the scene until 11:20PM. Bedford County remained at the scene to extinguish "hot spots". The home owners were not at the home at the time of the fire.
The 3,000 square foot home is near where Newtown Road/Fruit Valley Road intersects with Walnut Grove Road. The home was a total loss. It was constructed in 2009 on the approximately three and a half acre site.