House fire destroys Gibson County home

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GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Flames destroyed a Milan home along with 60 years of memories Wednesday. Firefighters say the house fire started Wednesday morning, and they believe it was caused by a wood burning stove. “We strongly believe the fire was from him burning wood in the back of the house. He says he checked on it this morning but somehow it got out of control,” Chief Bryan Kathey said. Kathey of the Gibson County Fire Department says six stations responded and 25 firefighters fought the blaze for nearly an hour. “It was a tough fire. The home had a lot of additions to the attic, which made it hard for us to get to the roof quickly,” Kathey said. Russell Williams is the owner of the home. He says his parents bought the house when it was brand new in the 1960s. He says he recently moved back into the home to take care of his ailing parents who passed away recently. ” I don’t have insurance on the home. I don’t know what I am going to do now,” Williams said. Williams says he will stay with his daughter who lives down the street from his now burned-down home. He says even though this went wrong, he believes things could have been worse. “Things could be worse. Everything could have been worse. I am all right though, and everything will be all right,” Williams said.

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