A blaze thought by many to have been an explosion by nearby residents destroyed a Blue Ribbon Parkway home early Wednesday.
The fire broke out suddenly at the home of Michael and Brittany Preston, investigators said. The Prestons and their children escaped without injuries but lost all possessions, friends said on Facebook.
Many in northern Shelbyville were awakened by a loud blast around 3:45 a.m. Facebook posts stated incorrectly that the home “exploded.”
But the fire started before the blast, Shelbyville Fire Marshal Jason Richardson said.
“There were propane tanks on the back porch and that’s what the explosion was,” according to Richardson.
The origin and cause of the fire hasn’t been determined but it started in the rear of the home, Richardson said.
“It was the perfect storm,” Richardson said. “The wind picked up and blew the fire directly back into the house. The fire was so intense our firefighters were unable to make entry.
“We had to take a defensive approach and fight it from the outside.”
Friends said on Facebook the Prestons had just completed extensive work on the home.
The residence is well known in Shelbyville as the longtime residence of the Lee Whitney family.
•High winds drove another late-night blaze that destroyed an Old Nashville Dirt Road home early Thursday.
“The initial report was that the garage was on fire,” Bedford County Fire Chief Mark Thomas said. Authorities were notified at 3:25 a.m.
“The 40 mile per hour wind spread it through the attic space and the entire house was gutted.”
Curtis and Brandi Majerus escaped the fire uninjured, Thomas said.Wind-driven fires raze homes