Two houses and an outbuilding were destroyed Thursday night in a huge fire on Tennessee Drive in the Country Junction area near Springville.

According to Springville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob McDowell, the fire broke out about 8:30 p.m. in the outbuilding, but quickly spread to the nearest house, which belonged to Stanley and Betty Johnson.

It then spread to another house next door, whose owner and/or occupants have not yet been determined.

Four other fire departments were called for mutual aid, as the area is densely populated with homes quite close to each other.

Those departments with trucks and personnel assisting were Paris, Paris Landing, Mansfield and Oakland.

A half-dozen firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, but only one was transported by one of two Henry County Medical Center Emergency Medical Services ambulances that also responded.

McDowell did not know the name of the firefighter transported.

He said he’s very appreciative of the response of the other fire departments and the EMS, and also of members of the community who responded throughout the seven hours with water, Gatorade, snacks and other refreshments for the firefighters.

The Red Cross is now assisting those affected by the fire, he said.

While the other departments were able to leave the scene somewhat earlier, the Springville unit did not leave until just before 2 a.m. Friday.

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