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Blaze leaves Hawkins County firefighter, family homeless

Jeff Bobo • Feb 4, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County volunteer firefighter’s home was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon near Rogersville, leaving him, his girlfriend and their 3-year-old son homeless.Johnny Maddox arrived at his mobile home shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday to find smoke pouring from the residence on Phipps Road near the Guntown Road intersection just south of Rogersville.Maddox is a member of the Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Hawkins County HAZ-MAT team.Striggersville firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 3:47 p.m., and flames were coming from the roof when they arrived on scene.Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell, who also serves on the Striggersville department, said Maddox had been working on a HAZ-MAT truck Tuesday afternoon and was the first member of his family to arrive home Tuesday when he discovered the fire.“It had flames coming through the roof when we got there, and we knocked it down, but it had already burned three rooms completely up and done smoke and heat damage through the entire trailer,” Murrell said. "I’s a total loss. He’s lost everything and we’ve got the Red Cross down here (Tuesday evening) trying to help him now.”Murrell added, “It took us about 30 minutes to get it knocked down to where we could get inside and start an aggressive interior attack. It was hot when we got there.”The cause of the fire was unknown Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported.The departments from Persia, Lakeview and Bulls Gap assisted at the scene.

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