Three pets die in flames
MT. JULIET - Flames whipped through a house in the Belinda City area of Mt. Juliet area mid-afternoon Tuesday and killed three pets in the home.
The Fire Department of Mt. Juliet got a call from a neighbor around 12:55 p.m. Tuesday about a house on fire in the 100 block of Sunny Meade Drive in Mt. Juliet.
FDMJ Chief Jamie Luffman was among the first on the scene. He had just wrapped up a medical call.
"The house was about 40 percent involved when we arrived," he said.
The house is about 1,900 square feet with an upstairs.
Luffman said several engines responded, along with Wilson County Emergency Management, ambulances, and Rehab 23.
Firefighters attacked the rapid fire from the exterior, and then the interior. Nearby houses were saved, but the initial house is a total loss, Luffman said.
No humans were injured in the incident, however, the family lost two dogs and a lizard, Luffman said.
The family was at the scene soon after the fire was reported and comforted by professionals and friends. They were not at home when the fire ignited. Luffman said the family's children got off the school bus to see their home in ruins.
"When it's middle of the day, work week, people are gone," Luffman said. "Folks are at work. Thank goodness no one was at home. We have people here comforting the family."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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