A house on Vanderbilt road was completely destroyed in a fire. Crews responded on Sunday, April 2, at 11:27 p.m. to a structure fire at 257 Vanderbilt Road.
The house was occupied by a man and woman who rented the residence. The occupants stated that they smelled smoke and then saw flames in the lower floor bathroom. They tried to extinguish the fire, and opened the windows to air out the property. The flames returned, so they exited the residence and called 911.
According to Chief Joey Cooper, WEMA Director, when crews arrived, the structure was about 75 percent engulfed in flames, with heavy fire coming from the roof and out of the windows. Crews worked on the fire for an hour before getting it contained.
The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation. No damages were reported to any surrounding structures or homes. On scene were WEMA, WCSO, and Rehab 23.
The next morning, fires rekindled at the house. When crews arrived, at 4:25 a.m., Monday, the house was fully involved in flames. Responders worked for about 30 minutes to extinguish the flames. Hidden debris that was not fully extinguished the night before caused the house to reignite.
No injuries have been reported, the occupants stated that they will stay with family.