By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Wilson Emergency Management Agency, along with Lebanon and Mt. Juliet firefighters, were busy putting out the flames at six fires which occurred during the past five days.
WEMA Director John Jewell said the influx of house fires is related to the recent cold spell in Wilson County. It never fails. We always heat up those heaters, lay out extension cords, and load the wood stoves a bit heavier. It all together adds up, he said.
WEMA assisted with four of the fires, which occurred on Cardiff Lane and Whitnell Drive, both in Mt. Juliet, Cainsville Road and McKee Road, both in Watertown.
Lt. David Cross who works at WEMAs Station 3 in Mt. Juliet said the cause of Tuesdays fire on Cardiff Lane in the Chandler Pointe subdivision is still unknown.
The owner of the home is preparing to take his EMT test and was studying with us. His wife called and said the front of the house was on fire. When we got on the scene the front of the house was completely involved in flames, Cross said, adding that the homeowners wife was asleep in the house when the fire started around 9 a.m. They said they smelled smoked and heard popping where the electrical wires were.
The fire Monday night in Mt. Juliet was at a home on Whitnell Drive off Nonaville Road. Lt. Chad Fresen, also of WEMA Station 3 in Mt. Juliet, said that smoke was heavy when they arrived on the scene. It appeared that the blaze at the single-story home could have originated in the basement, but the cause has not yet been determined.
Fire also claimed the top story of a Lebanon home on Ewing Drive Monday evening.
Neighbor John Sloan said he witnessed the smoke shortly before 6 p.m. at the home of Dr. Nancy Barrett. Last I heard, they did not know the cause. I am assuming it was an electrical problem, Sloan said.
Lebanon Fire Department also responded to a call regarding a house fire at 415 Fairview Ave. on Friday afternoon, as well.
As reported at wilsonpost.com on Friday, neighbor Whitney Carter said she first saw smoke coming from the residence at about 2 p.m. as she was returning home from work.
Annette Johnson, who rents and resides in the home owned by Ken Hawkins, said she was not at home at the time the fire started. No one was injured in the fire. Although further information was not available by press time, Hawkins said it was likely the fire began in the kitchen area or was related to the heating system.
No one was injured during any of the fires.
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.