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Carroll County Fire Claims One Life

By news@wbbjtv.com
By Modupe Idowu

CEDAR GROVE, Tenn. - A Carroll County fire has claimed the life of one man, destroyed a home and charred some nearby woods. There are still many questions swirling around the fire that took hours to contain. Investigators believe it started in the home, but quickly got out of hand.

"It's a total loss. I mean it burnt completely to the ground," said Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson.

Nothing was left but debris. "By the time I got here and turned up the driveway, it was completely engulfed, flames all the way to the bottom of the residence," said Sheriff Dickson.

The furious fire claimed the life of the man who lived in the home. Officials said someone helped get him out of the home but it was not in time.

"Whenever I got here, I found the individual laying out in the yard. He did show signs of smoke inhalation, and he did show severe burns to his body as well," said Dickson.

Carroll County officials said it took more than 50 firefighters to tame the blaze. Dickson said, "With the heat, we had to keep them rotated in and out to keep them hydrated." In addition to Carroll County, three other surrounding fire crews were called to the home on Hwy 220 just after 4 p.m. Thursday. Officials believe the dry conditions only added fuel to the fire.

"It was the fire. It did spread into the local woods, and we had to call forestry to help," said Dickson.

After two hours, officials did contain the flames. Now their focus will shift to piecing together clues to lead them to a cause.

Officials have identified the victim but at this point in the investigation are not releasing the information. The state fire marshal office has taken over the investigation which 7 Eyewitness News was told is on going.