On the same day a shocking explosion did massive damage in downtown Nashville, a home in Franklin has been completely devoured by a Christmas day fire. 

According to a Franklin Fire Department news release, crews were dispatched to a house fire on Berry Circle, just outside of downtown Franklin, at 5 p.m. Friday.

Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the roof of the two and a half-story, single-family home, with flames visible nearly six and a half miles away at Fire Station 7 on the grounds of the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

According to the news release, fire crews made entry but were forced to retreat. 

FFD believes that the fire originated in the attic, which consisted of approximately 1,000 square feet of open, unfinished space. 

The family reported smelling smoke prior to discovering the fire and evacuating the home.

While 911 services have been down due to Friday morning's intentional explosion in Nashville that has disrupted communications networks across Middle Tennessee, FFD said that this did not cause a delay in responding to the fire. 

This was due to one of the family members calling the current alternate emergency number 615-791-5550 to report the fire. 

FFD also reported that they experienced water supply issues and requested assistance from the Williamson County Rescue Squad who dispatched three tanker trucks, two pumper trucks and at least a dozen volunteer firefighters. 

Public Works personnel from both the City of Franklin and Williamson County also aided the response by utilizing salt trucks to clear the icy conditions on the road.

Those freezing conditions also impacted the response, causing ice to form on the fire department's areal apparatus, also known as a ladder truck, as well as ice forming on tree branches which created an additional hazard.  

One unidentified firefighter injured his shoulder when he slipped and fell on the ice, but no injuries were reported.

Franklin Fire Marshall Andy King said that the home was a complete loss after an estimated $2 million in damages, and the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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