USA — A Waters Edge Drive home was damaged and two other structures, including a Mother-in-Law Suite, were destroyed in a fire Sunday around4:30 pm. The home, mother-in-law suite, and a shed were all log cabin structures. The first firefighter on the scene reported one of the structures “fully involved” and the others, including the home, were actively afire. The fire brought firefighters from three departments to the scene.
Due to the home being located in the woods with a long narrow one lane driveway, firefighters coordinated a “water shuttle” to the trucks at the home through a dropped water line down the driveway from theWaters Edge Driveentrance. Tanker trucks fromCountyLine, Merriwether, and Sage Mill Fire Departments kept a continuous flow of much needed water as the fire spread.
Brush trucks were also used in an area west of the home as a brush fire threatened to spread to a nearby residence. A US Forestry unit was also called to plow a firebreak to contain the brush fire.
When the fire was extinguished; the outbuilding was burnt to the ground, the mother-in-law cabin was standing but gutted and considered a total loss, and the home received minor to moderate damage to the exterior on one side of the home and was otherwise intact.
The fire is believed to have been caused by a burn pile of debris near the structures. Thinking the fire was out it was left unattended on Sunday and as the winds picked up it rekindled and spread to the three structures and the woods surrounding the home and neighbors homes.
Fire crews remained on the scene until 7 pm, with many departing the scene around 6:30 pm. No one was home at the time of the fire. A neighbor called 911 to make the initial report.
Two other brush fires were reported earlier on Sunday, one in the Northside and a second in Johnston.