Macon County Chronicle

Holiday Fires Destroy Two Homes

Lafayette firefighters and other area departments have been busy over the holidays answering several fire calls including two structure fires that destroyed a double wide mobile home on Christmas Eve and a single story frame family dwelling which burned on Sunday night, December 27th.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Troy Brawner, on Thursday afternoon, December 24th, the Lafayette Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire at 857 Patterson Road, when a passer-by noticed the smoke and called 911. First responders reported that upon arrival, the front of the modular home was completely involved and it was too far gone to save anything, except a few clothes out of one room.

“The owner, Marty Patterson, informed me that his wife and two girls had taken a walk and he had gone to Gallatin, when the fire broke out,” Lt. Don Stevens said on Monday morning, December 28th, “and even though they lost everything, including Christmas gifts for the entire family, they were just thankful to be alive.”

“We had 12 firemen at the scene, five on standby, one engine, a utility truck, plus a tanker and Stevie Newberry from the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department also assisted with operations,” Brawner noted. “We used around 7,000 gallons of water to put out the blaze, with an estimated loss of over $50,000.”

The origin of the fire is still unknown and the Patterson family had no insurance.

No injuries were reported and those responding to the scene, besides the fire departments included the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Rescue Squad, and the EMS.

An evening fire at the home of John and Felisha Crowder, at 1371 West Stinson Road in the Siloam Community, completely destroyed the wood frame residence as responders battled the 28 degree temperature and a strong north wind. The fire call came in at 10:22 p.m. on Sunday night and the Lafayette Fire Department was called out to lend mutual aide to the Westmoreland Fire Department personnel.

When firefighters arrived at the remote home it was fully engulfed and took several hours to contain in the windy weather conditions, using 8,100 gallons of water. The home was a total loss and no injuries were reported. The Lafayette Fire Department had five firemen at the scene, 14 on standby and one tanker, according to David Cross.

First responders included the two fire departments, Macon County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and area Rescue Squads.