Family loses pets in damaging Spring Hill house fire

A Spring Hill couple lost everything, including two dogs, when their home of three years caught fire on Wednesday night.
Published: Oct. 20, 2022 at 6:58 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2022 at 6:01 PM CDT
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SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WSMV) - A Spring Hill couple lost their home which they built from the ground up and lived in for three years in a fire on Wednesday night.

Jessica and Robert White just celebrated their nine-year anniversary a week ago and on Thursday there is almost nothing left of the home filled with memories.

The Whites were thankful to be alive but unfortunately, they lost two dogs in the fire.

Fire officials and neighbors said the flames from the fire on Oxford Place was huge.

“At about 11 o’clock we started hearing a little bit of whirling sound and I looked out the back and we saw the flames at the back of the house,” neighbor Paul Welscott said.

Welscott along with other neighbors, family and friends immediately rallied around the homeowners.

“We wanted to make sure they were safe, obviously, and warm. We helped with blankets,” Welscott said.

Lost in the fire with the memories from a home the homeowners built were their two dogs, Beaux and Cinder, Goldendoodles they have had for three years.

“The whole neighborhood has really been great. They started a GoFundMe page. People have been dropping off gift cards for meals,” Welscott said.

Jessica White said they were about to go to bed on Wednesday night when they heard a crackling noise and as they rushed to leave the house, smoke quickly filled their home.

The Spring Hill Fire Department said they believe the fire started on the outside patio in the back of the house. Some propane tanks on the back patio may have helped feed the fire.

“I’m just most thankful that everyone is safe,” Welscott said.

Fire officials said the flames quickly went into the attic, making it challenging for crews.

It took about three hours to put out the fire.

The homeowners are in good spirits on Thursday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the homeowners said they heard propane gas tank explosion during the fire.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Whites.

Fire crews working to put out the fire.
Fire crews working to put out the fire.(Spring Hill Fire Department)