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Officials believe a small explosion destroyed the 25-year-old Franklin mansion


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Franklin Fire Department officials believe a small explosion may have been the cause of the blaze that destroyed a 25-year-old mansion on Long Lane and Gosey Hill.

WSMV learned at the scene that the fire had spread from the ground floor to the attic and that the flames had taken away the entire roof as well as the right side of the house.

WSMV spoke to the owner as well as the Franklin Fire Department. They said there was a construction crew inside working on last minute touches as well as renovations when a small explosion occurred.

A man who was with construction crews in the house at the time of the fire was taken to a nearby hospital.

Franklin FD officials do not know the cause of the fire, but believe the small explosion started the blaze.

The owner said he was devastated because they had just completed last minute renovations.

Crews told WSMV the house was a total loss. However, the loss didn’t just hit homeowners.

“When we arrived, we had flames on the roof,” Williamson Fire Chief Brian Jones said. “There was a construction crew on the scene at the time doing work inside the building.

The owner of the Long Lane home didn’t want to be filmed, but they said the loss was something they never imagined.

“There are parts that we save, but between water damage, fire damage and smoke damage, it will probably be a total loss,” Jones said.

While Jones said the loss of the house was troubling. There are a few things to be thankful for.

The mansion had been there for 25 years in the community and everyone was sad to see it go.

“It has no impact on the residents, who are in this area, because this neighborhood is under construction, the house was not occupied, so we did not move anyone, they were about to move in, but it wasn’t quite over,” Jones said.

A witness said she was with her sister outside when she heard what sounded like a burglar alarm. They said after a few minutes they heard dozens of sirens coming from all directions on West Long Lane, Crowder and Gosey Hill.

“A neighbor stopped by to tell us the mansion was on fire all the way to the roof and the structure appeared to be gone,” said Amanda Cooper, who witnessed the fire.

Franklin Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of the fire.


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