Early morning fires keep emergency crews busy - WSMV News 4

Early morning fires keep emergency crews busy

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Christmas Day has been busy for firefighters across Middle Tennessee, as crews battled five fires in 12 hours ranging from accidental to arson.

Flames ripped through a home on Volunteer Drive in Antioch around at 2 a.m.

Victor Reed called the fire department after he saw the smoke.

"We were in there wrapping gifts, and I smelled smoke, went upstairs and thought my wife had burned something. Then I looked out the door and saw smoke coming around the back," Reed said.

Crews knocked down the fire fairly quickly, but not before the home sustained some heavy damage. Officials told Channel 4 News the family of eight, believed to be away for the holiday, will have to find a new temporary home.

"They will have to go to family's house for Christmas but they still get to have Christmas," said Lt. Eric Elvridge, with Wilson County Emergency Management.

Investigators believe carelessness sparked a house fire in Mt. Juliet around 6:30 a.m. after the homeowner dumped hot coals outside to cool off. Thankfully, he and his family got out safely.

Just after 11 a.m., crews were called to Southport Drive in Mt. Pleasant after neighbors saw thick black smoke billowing through the roof. No one was home at the time.

"This victim was a hoarder, and this house was just packed full of newspapers and things that she had for years and years and years. So it was very difficult for the firemen to make entry into the house," said Maury County Fire Chief Tim Smith.

Around 10:30 a.m. in west Nashville, police carried a woman away in handcuffs after they say she torched her home then stood in the backyard to watch it burn. They believe she has a mental illness.

"This is a sad situation. I think it's going to end up with a positive outcome. She's going to get the help that she probably has needed for a long time," District Fire Chief George Hickey said.

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