Springfield family of 10 loses home in fire - WKRN News 2

Springfield family of 10 loses home in fire


A Robertson County family of 10, including eight children, are looking for a place to stay after a fire destroyed their home early Friday morning.

Ronda and Johnnie Chennault and their children were not at home when the fire started at around 3 a.m.

"Things have been really tight, so we weren't able to do, like a vacation like we normally would [on fall break]," said Johnnie Chennault. "The kids were like, 'We want to go camping, we want to go camping.'"

While the kids and Johnnie were camping, Ronda was staying at her mother's house. Her father passed away three weeks ago.

The entire house was in ashes and still smoldering Friday afternoon when the children returned home.

"There's a lot of us, so it's hard. I've had some friends who've said I'll take a couple of the kids, but I don't want to split everybody up at a time like this," said Ronda told News 2.

She added, "I do worry about where they're going to stay. I want them to feel like they're going to be able to go to their same school, that they'll still be able to be around their friends. They'll still have as much of their lives as much as they can. But, I don't know. I just don't know."

The Chennault children range in age from seven to 17. They also have four other adult children.

The family will spend the first few nights with their oldest daughter who lives in Goodlettsville. After that, Ronda doesn't know what they will do.

"I don't know, that's my biggest worry. Where I'm going to put them all," said Ronda.

The Chennault's made national headlines in 2005 when Johnnie's Naval Reserve unit was deployed to Iraq. He served two tours there and another in Afghanistan.

A fund has been set up to help the family at YouCaring.com.

They are in need of financial help as well as shoes, clothing, bedding, food and everything else a family would need after losing everything.

Donations can also be made at any US Bank under the name "The Chennault Family Fire Fund."

A drop off location for clothing and other household items is also being set up.

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