Trapped firefighters escape burning Columbia home - WKRN News 2

Trapped firefighters escape burning Columbia home

Posted: Updated: Jan 4, 2013 05:16 PM
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

Several Columbia firefighters were able to safely make their way out of a burning building after they became trapped inside.

Firefighters were called to the home at 207 Cemetery Avenue around midday Thursday.

According to Capt. Mark Gandee, he and two other firefighters were making good progress when the fire rolled out of the attic and blocked them in, leaving them with no way out.

"It'll at least get your attention to know that was your way out and it's blocked by fire," said Capt. Gandee.

The firefighters had to fight their way out of the home.

"You've got to keep your head about you and lean on your training and depend on those around you as a team to work through problems," Capt. Gandee told Nashville's News 2.

The tenants and their pets were also able to make it out safely.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it's believed it may have started near a wood-burning stove.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

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