Thursday, March 14, 2013
Three Townsend volunteer firefighters were injured as they
battled a house fire in Townsend Wednesday morning.
Townsend firefighters were dispatched at
about 7:20 a.m. to a farmhouse in the 200 block of Boat Gunnel Road. Townsend Fire Chief Don
Stallions said based on the call he immediately requested mutual aid from the Blount County Fire
Townsend firefighters, who sent four trucks and 12 firefighters, arrived on the
scene to find the farmhouse fully engulfed in flames.
They were assisted with an engine,
two tankers, a support truck and nine firefighters from Blount County, who started arriving at
As firefighters worked inside the house, there was a small explosion inside the
residence, which is believed to have started after firefighters struck magnesium with their hoses,
Stallions said. Two firefighters fell as they were trying to back out of the house when the
“They became trapped for a small amount of time,” Stallions said. “A
back-up crew came and got them out.”
One of the firefighters was checked out by emergency
personnel on the scene and medically cleared, Stallions said. The second, who was in his mid to late
20s, was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Townsend firefighter was also taken to the hospital after experiencing chest pains, and was also
released from the hospital Wednesday evening.
Blount County firefighters cleared the scene at
10:35 a.m., while Townsend stayed until around 11:45 a.m.
There were no residents in the
structure, as the owners were out of town, Stallions said. The house was still standing but was a
Blount County Fire Chief Doug McClanahan said the fire could have been worse. “We
all worked together, and that’s the big thing,” he said.
The cause of the fire is currently
unknown, Stallions said. “The fire appears to have started on the left side of the house and then
moved to the rest of the house,” he said.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office will handle the