A fire occurred August 5 on Circle Hill Drive around 3:30 a.m.
The fire department was on the scene three minutes after the fire was reported. By the time officials arrived, the entire house was already engulfed.
“The house still had power during the fire,” Investigator Nathan Harrison said. “This kind of rules out anything electrical.”
The department did arc mapping of the scene to check if wires were arcing while the house was burning. This helps to rule out the possibility that the fire originated with the wiring of the house.
If a house burns from an electrical fire, it will not normally have many arcs. The house’s electrical box will short out rather quickly, causing the home to lose electricity.
Remnants of an explosion caused by the fire and debris were found almost 200 yards from the scene.
If the fire was caused by an explosion, there would be several things to consider. However, that does not appear to be the case with this fire.
Although the fire is still under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the explosion was thought to have been caused by oxygen bottles stored in the home at the time of the blaze.
The homeowner was out of town when the blaze occurred, and no one was injured. The owner did not have homeowners’ insurance at the time of the fire.