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Fire and water destroy Sequatchie County home

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SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Several fire crews spent part of Tuesday afternoon battling a mobile home fire on Signal Mountain.

The fire broke out just after noon at a home on School House Road in Sequatchie County. Even though a volunteer department is nearby, the assistant chief says they can use all the help they can get.

A crowd gathered on School House Road as firefighters looked for hotspots in what was left of a trailer home.

"When we got here there was smoke and flames visible on the back side of the structure," says Assistant Chief Brandon Miller with the Lone Oak Fire Department.

Crews worked quickly to put out the fire.

"We made entry. Knocked the fire down."

But the Lone Oak volunteer fire department had to call in a lot of back up to make it happen.

"We wound up having to call for Walden's Ridge Emergency Services, Signal Mountain Fire Department and Dunlap Fire Department," says Miller.

Even though the fire broke out just a few blocks away from the fire department, the closest hydrant is across the street from School House Road, where crews had to load up their water to get it to the fire.

"Any time we have a fire out here on the mountain, especially out here on the Sequatchie county side, we are limited on hydrants," says Miller.

Lone Oak volunteer assistant chief Brandon Miller says they may depend on neighboring departments for help but they get the job done.

"We have to operate off of tanker shuttles. So we call in multiple companies. And plus, we're volunteer so we don't have that many people respond during the day. So the more companies we can get up here to help us fight the fire, the better off we are and the better off the homeowner is," says Miller.

The homeowner was home when the fire started and tried at first to knock down the flames. She made it out okay.

Firefighters believe the fire may have started with a malfunctioning hot water heater.

Firefighters saved half the house, but it is a loss due to heavy smoke and water damage.
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