Paris Landing firefighters battle home fire

Firefighters train their hoses on a house fire that broke out Thursday afternoon on Bass Drive in northeast Henry County.

A Buchanan-area family’s home and vehicles were destroyed in a Thursday afternoon fire.

According to Chief Reggie Coles of the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a house fire at 148 Bass Drive in northeast Henry County.

On arrival, firefighters found the home engulfed in flames.

A total of eight fire trucks and tankers and 28 firefighters from three departments were needed to contain the blaze. The home and two nearby vehicles were destroyed, with damage estimated at $200,000.

The homeowners, Ray Gunderson and his wife, told firefighters they had left the house about 30 minutes before the fire broke out. Another member of the family who was at home heard a noise and smelled smoke before discovering a fire in the back of the home, coming from the ceiling.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of Thursday night, but is believed to be accidental, Coles said.

It was the second fire that day for the Paris Landing department, which had helped the Paris Fire Department contain a fire that morning at a storage company on Highway 79 northeast of Paris.

Coles said the department sent three trucks and ten firefighters to the home fire, and was on scene for three hours.

They received mutual aid assistance from the Puryear Volunteer Fire Department, which sent one truck and six firefighters, and Calloway County Fire-Rescue, which responded with four tankers and twelve firefighters.

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