VFDs Fight Blaze
At A Log Cabin On
Short Is Suspected
BY BILL JONES
A home on Cloverdale Lane in Greene County was damaged by a fire that apparently was sparked by an electrical short in a sprayer used to control wood-boring bees.
A Greene County 911 spokesman said the fire occurred at the Jackie Southerland residence, which is off Ripley Island Road.
No injuries were reported.
Marty Shelton, a member of the Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department who responded to the 4 a.m. blaze, said it was discovered by the homeowners at 124 Cloverdale Lane on the exterior walls of the log home along the front porch and the right side wall along a side pool deck area.
"A garden hose was used by homeowners to contain the fire until volunteer firefighters from the Tusculum and Newmansville VFDs arrived," Shelton said. "TVFD and NVFD units checked for extension of the fire into the home using a thermal imaging camera.
But the fire had not spread into the interior of the house, Shelton said.
"A fan was used to push smoke from inside the home as [firefighting] foam was applied to the exterior of the home's damaged sides by firefighters," Shelton said.
He said the cause of the fire is believed to have been an electrical short from a sprayer that was plugged into an outside outlet in an attempt to kill boring bees that had been attacking the log home.
Also responding to the fire was a disaster services unit from the Greene County Chapter of the American Red Cross, a Greene County-Greeneville EMS ambulance, a Greeneville Light & Power System crew and Greene County sheriff's deputies, Shelton said.