A home in the Sale Creek area was destroyed by fire Monday night.
At 9 p.m., the homeowner called 911, reporting a fire at his home. Hamilton County sheriff's officers were the first units on the scene and reported a fully-involved structure fire at 111 Griffith Street. Minutes later, the Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department arrived and confirmed flames and heavy smoke showing throughout the house.
Firefighters quickly entered the structure and conducted an interior attack of the home. Sale Creek VFD Fire Chief, Jimbo Aslinger reported, "this two-story house was built in the 1800s and the old wood in this home was additional fuel source to this fire."
The homeowner, Christopher Breedlove explained to fire officials that Monday was the first day he used his wood stove since last winter. After starting his wood stove, he went to bed and awoke to the smell of heavy smoke. Once he got up to investigate the origin of smoke, he saw fire going up the side wall adjacent to the wood stove. Mr. Breedlove and his wife escaped without injury.
Hamilton County EMS Medic 2 was at the scene for any potential injuries.
The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. The house is a loss and was valued at $40,000. The Breedloves did not have insurance. The American Red Cross was notified to help assist this family with its immediate needs.