The DeKalb County Fire Department responded to a structure fire Saturday afternoon at approximately 12:30 p.m. at 500 Bruer Drive off of Holmes Creek Road. A neighbor saw smoke coming from the eaves of the house, owned by Timothy and Tina Dedman, and reported the fire to DeKalb 911.
The Main Station, Short Mountain Highway Station, Cookeville Highway Station, and firefighters from other DCFD stations responded to the scene. Due to the narrow and steep driveway leading to the lake home, firefighters had difficulty getting equipment near the residence and water supply to extinguish the fire and protect a nearby structure. Firefighters were successful in containing and extinguishing the fire without any damage to a nearby house, located approximately 25 feet away.
According to Chief Donny Green, there was no one at home at the time of the incident and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The home was a total loss. Green said that after talking with the owners, he learned that the Dedman's primary residence is in Lebanon.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene to assist.
Later Saturday evening, DeKalb County Firefighters were called back to the scene to extinguish the fire again.