The Daily Herald, Columbia, Tenn.
Jul. 10—Three people were transported to area hospitals after a fire swept through a home in Columbia’s Riverside neighborhood on Friday morning.
One person was pulled from the scene of the fire with severe burns by a local police officer as the flames swept through the home at about 8:21 a.m., Columbia Fire & Rescue Chief Ty Cobb confirmed.
In critical condition, the patient was transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
A Vanderbilt LifeFlight helicopter landed along Riverside Drive to extract the critically injured patient.
Two others, who were inside the home at the time of the fire, were transported by ambulance to Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia.
“It was an intense fire,” Cobb told The Daily Herald. “It was a lot of heat and a lot of smoke.”
A thick layer of dark smoke covered parts of the neighborhood as firefighters worked to quell the blaze, temporarily closing traffic to Riverside Drive.
The fire chief said the flames were intensified at the Rinks Circle home by a collection of oxygen tanks that were stored in the home’s garage leading to an explosion in the home.
At least three tanks exploded at the scene as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, Cobb said.
With a total of 28 firefighters responding from three separate stations, none were injured.
“There are people in the hospital right now and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families,” Cobb said. “The house is going to be a total loss.”
The estimated value of the home is about $200,000.
Neighboring homes were not damaged by the fire.
“Life and safety was our top priority, and our crews did a great job of getting the fire under control quickly,” Cobb said.
Cobb said the American Red Cross has been contacted to provide assistance to those displaced by the fire.
The scene is being investigated by the Columbia Fire Marshal’s Office.
“This fire spread very quickly. It shows you that no matter the time of day, a fire can be intense and cause major damage and harm,” Cobb said.
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