Fire destroys Norris home

NORRIS, TENN (WVLT) -- Firefighters with Andersonville Fire Department say they were called to a home on Jim Wilson Road around 7 a.m. They say no one was hurt in the fire and that the home was vacant.

Firefighters say they had to call in help from firefighters in surrounding areas to help get the fire out because only 4 firefighters from the Andersonville Fire Department showed up.

Andersonville is a volunteer based department, of which the chief says many of them work during the day and can't leave everytime there's a fire call. Chief Jeff Bagwell says Wednesday's fire is an example of why the community needs to make a decision about what type of fire coverage they want to have in the future.

"We'd like for the county to provide more funds, in this kind of economic times it's tough. The biggest thing we need the county to do is just help us raise money, and eliminate some of the road blocks," said Bagwell. "The of Andersonville need to decide if we're providing the coverage they want or not?"

The department runs off $100,000 a year, the county supplies $20,000, the rest is made up from private donations.

Right now, much of the fire coverage comes from other departments through what's called a mutual aid agreement. Clinton Fire Department was just one of those who arrived to helped in Wednesday's fire.

"If we have the equipment and manpower, not to abandon our city here and we can still protect our city, we can go help other fire departments in one area," said Lt. Bradley Allen with the Clinton Fire Department. "But we won't leave our city uncovered incase something happens here."

Firefighters say they were faced with water problems as well. There were no hydrants nearby and a narrow driveway made it hard for firefighters to get trucks in and out of the area.

"It was really hard to get trucks in and out at all times. You'd empty one truck and have to wait for the others to empty," added Allen. "The road, you couldn't go in and out."

The cause of the fire is said to be suspicious only because no one was living at the home. The cause is under investigation.

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  • by Chasity Location: Andersonville on Mar 1, 2012 at 08:22 AM
    This article is completely different than the original. The first article was poorly written and hinted at wrong doing. I am glad that the reporter's "investigation" meant actually reporting the true facts
  • by John Location: Newport on Feb 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    The dog did not tie its self to the truck so it clearly was deliberit. He should get the max sentance. Put yourself in the dogs spot. Sever trauma even if physicaly healed. Send a message to other abusers this can't happen. There is to much animal abuse and its time to take a stand for them. They don't have a choise we do to make the right one.
  • by Chasity Location: Andersonville on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    Andersonville is a very small VOLUNTEER fire department. It very likely that only four fireman from Andersonville fire department were available to answer the call. Norris is a small town with a small fire department. It is not unusual for area volunteer departments to help out when they can so yes other fire departments were called. I am appalled that a reporter is questioning the number of volunteers showing up to work a fire outside of their district. Maybe the reporter needs to volunteer.


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