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Blaze erupts in MJ Belinda City home Friday

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Fire officials are still investigating the cause of a Friday afternoon fire that damaged part of a home on Belinda Parkway before reigniting early Saturday morning and completely destroying the home.

On the scene Friday, Fire Department of Mt. Juliet Chief Jamie Luffman said a woman in the house called 911 after she discovered the back of her house was on fire. The home is at 504 Belinda Parkway.

"When we got on the scene there were smoke and flames," Luffman said after the first fire. "We extinguished the flames, and the damage was on one side and the ceiling collapsed."

FDMJ deployed two ladder trucks and an engine to the pre-sunset fire in the neighborhood that has seen several house fires recently. About 14 responders snuffed the flames, and Luffman said no one was injured in the incident. Luffman noted a female resident, a male and a juvenile were home when the blaze erupted, but they escaped the flames.

Luffman said the department got a call at 6:10 a.m. Saturday and was informed the blaze had reignited. When they arrived, the remainder of the house was "fully involved."

Luffman said firefighters revisited the home twice after the first incident.

"The last time we were out here was about 1 a.m. this morning," Luffman said around 8 a.m. Saturday. "Things were just fine. It's very frustrating."

The chief said the original and subsequent fires are still under investigation. He said there were "quite a lot of belongings left after the first fire, but not now."

The firefighters fought the second fire in 18-degree weather with the road closed from ice that formed from the firefight.

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