Flames ripped through two homes in Mt. Juliet Tuesday morning.
According to Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director John Jewell, the first fire was on Whitnel Drive, off Nonaville Road. He said WEMA received the call at 12:15 a.m. and Mt. Juliet Station 3 was the first on the scene.
Battalion Chief Lee Bowling said when firefighters arrived they observed "heavy smoke" coming from the basement garage.
"As soon as we could, we entered the garage and saw heavy flames and smoke," said Bowling.
It took firefighters 30 minutes to get the fire under control, however, the portion of the house above the garage received extensive water and smoke damage.
Bowling said a husband and wife and their young son and two pets were in the home when the fire broke out. The family escaped.
"The dad told me he was able to save one dog, but a second pet perished in the fire," said Bowling.
Station 6 out of Laguardo and Mt. Juliet Station 3 also responded to the fire, as well as a water tanker out of Lebanon.
The cause of this fire is under investigation.
A second family had to evacuate their Mt. Juliet home on Cardiff Lane in the Chandler Pointe subdivision around 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Jewell said when firefighters arrived at the scene a large portion of the house was engulfed in flames. Jewell said the roof of the home collapsed during the blaze and the second floor of the home was destroyed. Jewell said the residents were able to escape without injury. At press time the fire was under investigation with no known cause. Fire officials said the home next door received some damage from the fire.
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