Lauderdale County House Fire

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Volunteer firefighters from three stations assisted with fighting a major house fire Monday night in Lauderdale County.

Firefighters got the call just before 6:30 Monday evening to 2917 Highway 496 in Southeast Lauderdale County. When they arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Lauderdale County Fire Coordinator Alan Dover said, "It was actually called in by the homeowner. She returned home and saw smoke coming from her residence and called 911."

Shelia Carpenter, a neighbor who was outside, says she heard what sounded like an explosion. "We were just sitting outside enjoying the evening and all of a sudden we heard something boom boom boom, and we looked and stuff was just coming down and then smoke just went everywhere. It's just walking distance from our house so we came down here to see what was going on. (Reporter: Scared you a little bit?) Yeah, it really did, and we still don't know what happened."

Ms. Carpenter also says she called 911 after seeing the smoke.

Firefighters arrived to a fully engulfed house fire.

Lauderdale County Fire Coordinator Alan Dover said, "Part of the structure has collapsed. At this point in time, we're still looking to see what might have caused it, but we'll have to get it out first."

Fire fighters from Vimville, Toomsuba, and Russell responded, and County Fire Coordinator Alan Dover says the fight was mainly from outside the home.

"At this point in time, all that's left to save is the property itself, and that doesn't warrant us sending firefighters inside to do an interior attack."

No one was home and no injuries have been reported, but as the fight continues, Alan Dover says so do the dangers, "Aside from the heat and the smoke, they're battling - a lot of it has to do with the humidity that's going on right now. It has a tendency to cause our guys to get dehydrated real quick."

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