Southern Carter County home destroyed in fire early Monday morning

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The Criner Hills Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by the Greenville-Overbrook and Lake Murray Village departments, responded to a large house fire off of Bussell Ridge Rd. Monday morning. The home was deemed a total loss, however, the residents managed to escape the fire without any injuries.

The Criner Hills Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by two Love County fire departments, responded to a large house fire early Monday morning in southern Carter County.

Criner Hills Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Campbell said firefighters received a call at around 3:55 a.m. and by the time they arrived at the home, located off of Bussell Ridge Rd., the entire structure was totally engulfed in flames. “It was coming out of the ceiling and everything,” he said.

Two residents that had been inside the house at the time of the fire managed to escape before firefighters arrived.

“There was a couple that was sleeping in the house and the smoke alarms went off and woke them up,” Campbell said. “They got out and their children were down at their grandma’s house, they were not there.”

Firefighters from the Greenville-Overbook and Lake Murray Village departments arrived on scene shortly after Criner Hills to help assist with the fire. These three fire departments train together extensively and, as in this instance, commonly use drop tanks to help put out larger fires.

Campbell said the drop tank used by the departments holds about 3,000 gallons of water and acts as a reserve storage for water, especially in more rural areas where fire hydrants are not available.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within a few hours. However, the residence was deemed a total loss. Campbell said firefighters are unsure what may have caused the fire at this time.

“We went back to check and make sure the hot spots were out this morning and everything is under control at this time and looking good for us,” Campbell said.