A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a home in the Austin Bottoms community of DeKalb County but the family escaped unharmed.
Lieutenant Mark Young reports that at approximately 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the DeKalb County Fire Department's Austin Bottoms Station, Cookeville Highway Station, and Short Mountain Highway Station responded to a report of a fully involved structure fire on Dobbs Cemetery Road in the Austin Bottoms community.
According to Lieutenant Young, when firefighters from the Austin Bottoms Station arrived, the house was completely engulfed in flames and part of the house had already collapsed.
The owner, John Mullins and his family were able to safely escape the burning house after being awakened by smoke alarms. The house and contents were totally destroyed. The DeKalb County Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from the Putnam County Fire Department who responded with tankers to help supply the needed water to contain the fire. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department also provided assistance on the scene.