Jackson man escapes house fire, Authorities investigate cause

JACKSON, Tenn. — A man said he barely escaped his home after it was on fire today.

The Jackson Fire Department said they were called out to a house fire on Meadowbrook Drive around 11:30 a.m.

Kevin Collins was sleeping in his home when he was awakened by the sound of his four dogs barking. He smelled smoke and immediately got out of the house.

Monica Meeks, who is a neighbor and friend to Kevin, saw the whole thing from her home next door.

“I was awake at 11 and I heard these loud cannon sounds like guns,” said Meeks. “You could just see flames coming out of the roof, and I was more concerned about Kevin was out and those dogs were out.”

Kevin was able to get out and wasn’t injured. The family said two of his four dogs did not make it out.

 

“Heaviest fire content was in the laundry room and the kitchen,” said Chief March.  “We’re still investigating the cause of the fire, but all occupants are safe at this time.”

Meeks and his family are just happy he made it out. He didn’t wish to speak on camera, but said he was thankful for all the help he has been receiving.

Early reports told us the fire was started by an explosion, but authorities are still investigating.

Stay with 7 Eyewitness news as we continue to learn more.