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[January 18, 2013]

Fire destroys Franklin home

FRANKLIN, Jan 18, 2013 (Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Vickie Jeffers was helping her daughter bathe, making a bed and preparing breakfast for her elderly mother Thursday morning when she saw smoke inside her home at 5646 Scottsville Road.
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Jeffers, who is raising a child with disabilities and caring for her aging mother, began racing through the home to find the source of the smoke.

"I was downstairs making momma's bed, and I heard a popping noise, like something hitting the floor, and I thought, 'What is that noise ' " Jeffers said.

When she got upstairs she saw smoke, and the bathroom was red.

"I called 911 and grabbed my daughter out of the tub and put her in the car," Jeffers said. "Then I ran back downstairs and got mom out in her wheelchair." The cause of the fire is unknown, but Jeffers said it appears to have started in the master bathroom of the 5,500-square-foot home.

Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue responded to the fire at about 6:45 a.m. and had help from Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters were at the home until 1:50 p.m.

When the fire rescue squad arrived, large flames came from the left side of the house and moved toward the back of the home, Chief Mark Halcomb said.

"And it was growing rapidly," he said.

Firefighters forced their way through the front door because the fire was quickly spreading to other parts of the home, including the rear of the house and the attic, Halcomb said.

Jeffers' husband, David Jeffers, was already in Bowling Green, where he works, when Vickie called him about the fire.

"I was in Bowling Green, and by the time I got home, (the house) was already up in a blaze," David Jeffers said.

He was glad his family was safe, which was the most important thing, he said.

It's the stuff that you can't replace like pictures and videos that are the biggest loss, David Jeffers said.

"We had everything in it like we liked it," he said about his home.

The Jeffers' main concern after the fire was obtaining necessary kidney medication for their 15-year-old daughter. The family arranged for someone to go to Nashville and get the medicine right away. The medication is not available in Franklin or Bowling Green, David Jeffers said.

"That was the biggest thing, getting her medicine," he said.

The family's home was insured, and they've made arrangements to stay at a home that is owned by relatives.

The home is considered a total loss, Halcomb said. Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue along with the state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

"Nothing appears suspicious," Halcomb said.

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