Explosion rocks Mid-South neighborhood - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Paranjape

Explosion rocks Mid-South neighborhood

Shelby County Firefighters were called to the scene of an explosion at Old Brownsville Road and Chaffee Road Wednesday evening. 

A Memphis Fire Department spokesperson told Action News 5 it involved a 2500 square foot home.

Witnesses said that two blocks were blocked off around the house.

Luckily, no one was home when the fire started.

It took more than 30 firefighters from five stations to knock down it down.

Fire officials said that there was some sort of rapid event which caused the fire, but they won't quite call it an explosion.

The challenge for firefighters was that the nearest hydrant was 25 hundred feet away. They had to do what's called a "water shuttle." This meant they had to fill-up one truck from the hydrant. That truck then went down the driveway to fight the fire while another truck came to fill-up.

"Fire hydrants are generally 500 feet apart but some people to build there homes several thousand feet from the nearest water source as a result that does present challenges for us when we make a fire scene at these locations," fire department spokesperson Brent Perkins said.

Just today, Shelby County Firefighters had a training exercise on conducting a water shuttle.

The house is a complete loss, but the family did have insurance.


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