Fire destroys home near Decatur

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Fire destroyed a single-story home on County Road 3198 Friday morning southwest of Decatur.
Firefighters from Decatur, Boyd, Bridgeport, Paradise, East Wise and Rhome battled the blaze in the 90-degree heat throughout the morning.
The home was fully involved when firefighters arrived shortly after 10 a.m.
Several outbuildings and vehicles surrounded the home. Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Deroy Bennett said several resources were needed to keep the fire contained.
“There were obviously a lot of exposures around with flammable liquids. I wanted to get as much water on it as possible,” Bennett said.
By 11:30 a.m., Bennett said the forward progression of the fire had been stopped. Firefighters were still battling an active fire, and Bennett said they would be on scene for several hours.
The American Red Cross and Wise County EMS medics were on scene providing rehab to firefighters.
Andrew Kerbel lived in the residence with a roommate. He said nothing was out of the norm when he left for work at AutoZone at 7 a.m.
“There was nothing leading up to it,” Kerbel said.
Kerbel said no one was in the home when the fire started. Three dogs were in the residence and had not been accounted for.
Two vehicles were destroyed, according to Kerbel.
Another man lived in another building on the property and was not harmed in the fire.
“The good news is there is multiple places to live here. I’m not going to be homeless,” Kerbel said.

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