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Abandoned House Destroyed in Thanksgiving Blaze


DRESDEN (November 18) — While local families came together to celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones, local firefighters and other emergency personnel left the comfort of hearth and home behind to keep the public safe by responding to an abandoned house fire near Dresden.

According to Dresden Fire Deputy Chief Kory Green, at approximately 6:27 p.m. Thursday, November 26, the Dresden Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at an abandoned house located at 454 Darnell Ln., just outside the city limits of Dresden.

When Dresden firefighters arrived at the scene, the single-family dwelling was fully involved with flames.

At 6:49 p.m. Gleason Fire Department was notified for mutual aid and provided manpower and water.

Weakley County EMS, first responders and other emergency personnel were also called to the scene.

There were heavy flames throughout the residence and the structure was beyond saving, so fire crews hosed down the exterior of the structure and the surrounding area to prevent the fire from spreading.

The fire was deemed under control at 7:26 p.m. Salvage and overhaul operations were conducted and the fire was completely extinguished by 9:18 p.m.

The value of the house destroyed by the fire is estimated at $28,000.

Deputy Chief Green says there was no electricity hooked to the house and an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the fire.

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