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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