At just before 10 a.m., county firefighters responded to a house fire at 4109 Highway 155 North.
The occupants were all accounted for and there were no injuries.
First arriving units were faced with a heavily engulfed structure fire.
Although the firefighters were confronted with heavy fire conditions, entry was made into the structure in an aggressive attack to save the home.
However, crews were quickly forced out due to being confronted with extensive heat and imminent structure collapse.
On arrival, there was heavy smoke showing from a one-story residential structure on a basement.
During an initial walk-around, heavy flames were reported in the basement on the backside of the structure.
Initially, fire ground operations were somewhat challenged by an effort to obtain a water supply.
Despite the amount of fire present in this one-alarm fire, an aggressive interior attack was accomplished before there was a collapse however; the structure suffered extensive fire damage.
Highway 155 North, between Roseberry Drive and Camp Creek Drive, was shut down for an extended amount of time today with a trail of hose line and an assortment of fire equipment lining the roadway north and south of the structure.
“In the last 30 days we have responded to 11 house fires," Capt. Sabrina Puckett said in a statement. "We would like to encourage homeowners to practice fire safety in their home and with their families. If you do not have a fire escape plan, take time to make one, review with all persons residing in home, and then practice it regularly. Also, we would like to remind citizens of the importance of not only having a smoke alarms, but checking them monthly to ensure they are working properly. Prepare today to possibly save you from devastation later.”
The origin and cause of the fire are unknown.
A fire investigation is underway.