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UPDATE: Structure fire off Highway 79 near Jacksonville


UPDATE: Fire crews responded to the scene but were unable to save the home, which is a total loss.

Earle Chapel Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Bailey said because there are no fire hydrants in the county, they had to call in tankers from other departments to bring in water.

"The closes hydrant where we can get a good amount of water is in Jacksonville and it's an 8 mile run to get there and we brought in other tankers to make our runs shorter and it worked out pretty good," said Bailey.

An elderly couple was home when the fire started, and were able to escape without any injuries. The couple says they were eating when they started smelling smoke.

"We smelled something, and we looked over there, and there wasn't anything on burning so he got up and went on out and  came back in and he said grab your purse and I did and I barely made it out because it was so dark inside," said Ally Sanford, lost home in fire.

The cause or the location of where the fire started is not known at this time. The families cat cannot be found at this time, but it is not positive if it was lost in the fire.

Earle Chapel, North Cherokee and Jacksonville fire crews all responded to this fire.



Officials tell KLTV that a structure off of Highway 79 near Jacksonville caught fire Sunday afternoon.

Crews are on scene trying to put out the fire.

We have a crew en route to the scene. Stay with KLTV.com for the latest updates.

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