Brentwood Fire and Rescue officials have determined the cause of an early morning house fire on Thursday, October 25 in the Foutainhead subdivision to be caused by electrical wiring in the attic.
At 1:36 a.m. on Thursday morning, Brentwood Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a home on fire in the 5000 block of Fountainhead Drive. The first unit arrived at the scene six minutes after the call and reported heavy smoke showing from the roofline. The fire was confined to the attic space of the 7,000+ square feet ranch style home. Crews had the fire under control within an hour.
No residents or firefighters were injured in the blaze. The occupant’s alarm company initially notified the homeowner of the fire and dispatched 911. A Brentwood police officer patrolling the neighborhood arrived on scene prior to fire units and helped the woman and her dog out of the house. The Franklin Fire Department provided an engine company to assist, and Williamson County EMA provided firefighters with rehabilitation services including food and beverages.
Investigators spent Thursday examining the structure and determined the cause of the fire was accidental, due to an electrical shortage in wiring in the attic caused when a portion of the wire got caught between a rafter and the attic subfloor.
Damage to the structure is estimated at approximately $100,000.
As the time changes Sunday, November 4, it is a timely reminder that when you change your clocks, please also change your smoke alarm batteries.