A FIRE THAT STARTED ON THE DECK of a Clarksville, Tennesse, home Wednesday morning spread into the house and then to other houses on the block. Within a short time three homes were completely destroyed and five more were damaged by the fire.
The Clarksville Fire Department was hard-pressed initially into the incident because of stiff winds that continually changed direction while they were trying to contain and attack the fire. Ten off-duty firefighters were called back along with mutual aid assistance. Business & Heritage Clarksville reported:
According to Fire Marshall Ray Williams of Clarksville Fire and Rescue, the first call regarding the fire was received at 11:08 a.m.; although firefighters responded quickly to the two-alarm blaze, it “took a good while to bring it under control.”
When we got here, the air was full of heavy smoke and flames, Williams said. It was already spreading to the adjacent homes. Firefighters were dousing neighboring homes to keep the blaze from spreading. “We are on high flat ground here,” Willams said. “That wind just comes whipping through here,” which is what fanned the flames.
The cause of the fire has not yet been disclosed.
WTVF-TV Ch. 5 posted this video report from the scene:
The housing development is mostly occupied by soldiers stationed at nearby Ft. Campbell. The resident of the house where the fire started had just left that morning on a deployment to Afghanistan.
Business & Heritage Clarksville has the story and an extensive photo gallery HERE.
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